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Meisje Trabajo

N/A, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The 0.75 Scale


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant

The 0.75 Scale


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant
The Netherlands, the country with the tallest people in the world, needs to think about scaling down
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The Netherlands is a harbinger of what's to come in the developed world: with height being the most visible manifestation of wealth, it has the tallest men on the planet.

Due to the upwards path of its people in the last 150 years, the country had to rebuild its houses and its public designed environments. With the recent influx of new residents arriving from countries where underdevelopment is the norm, many people literally don't fit in. If you're shorter than average, reaching the bar in a metro train or sitting on a park bench can be a safety hazard. One begins to feel unwelcome.

Can this be solved by an implementation of a more empathetic scale that measures both the height of the native Dutch and the average height of the increasing number of immigrants from developing countries?

In my proposed Borges-like "non-fiction" longform, the country adopts the 0.75 Scale.

The 0.75 Scale


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant

The 0.75 Scale


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant
The Netherlands, the country with the tallest people in the world, needs to think about scaling down
File under
Type of project
  • Practical problems

The Netherlands is a harbinger of what's to come in the developed world: with height being the most visible manifestation of wealth, it has the tallest men on the planet.

Due to the upwards path of its people in the last 150 years, the country had to rebuild its houses and its public designed environments. With the recent influx of new residents arriving from countries where underdevelopment is the norm, many people literally don't fit in. If you're shorter than average, reaching the bar in a metro train or sitting on a park bench can be a safety hazard. One begins to feel unwelcome.

Can this be solved by an implementation of a more empathetic scale that measures both the height of the native Dutch and the average height of the increasing number of immigrants from developing countries?

In my proposed Borges-like "non-fiction" longform, the country adopts the 0.75 Scale.


Idea by

Meisje Trabajo
N/A
Amsterdam
Netherlands
N/A