designer, managing director, Ytech Innovation Centre
Luud Schimmelpennink is industrial designer and managing director
of Ytech Innovation Centre, a bureau that busies itself with the
development of socially relevant projects, with an emphasis on
non-pollutive transportation, such as bicycles, electric cars
etc. After a three years period as head of the construction department
of Structural Werkspoor Utrecht, he started working as a freelance
advisor for Vicon Landbouwwerktuigen/Greenland (manufacturers
of agricultural machines, 28 years), Wientjes Emmen (manufacturers
of reinforced polyester products, 8 years), and Batavus Heerenveen
(manufacturers of bicycles, 2 years).
On his own initiative he developed individual, public transport
projects such as Witkar, a small electric city car (in operation
in Amsterdam in the beginning of the seventies) and Witfiets,
a system of public bicycles (started in Amsterdam in the late
sixties and reopened in the late nineties).
In the social field he initiated/coorganized/was a member of the
city council of Amsterdam for Provo, a famous provocative party
in the sixties, the Prinsenhof conference, the National Heroine
symposium Westerkerk, the committee of the Cooperative Association
Witkar, the supervision committee of the Social Cultural Planning
Bureau, chairman of the community centre " de Oude Stadt and similar
parties. In 1990 Luud Schimmelpennink was honoured with the Golden
Pin of the City of Amsterdam for his many merits for the city.