Le Sommet de la Francophonie

Since 1986, once at two years, the political leaders of the countries members of the International Organization of the Francophone get together for what is known as Le Sommet de la Francophonie. The supreme instance of the Francophone, the Summit…

CityPoem 17 – Dublin (2)

“Walking in Dublin, I met a poet on the banks of the Liffey.”“I don’t know if he was writing spontaneously or whether his work was part of a programme. Either way, it doesn’t matter. It was a breathtaking spectacle…

CityPoem 16 – Hoorn

A floating poem, by ‘general visual artist’ Jan Merx, who mixes architecture, visual art, literature, philosophy and sound in his work.See also > Inspiring Cities article: Jan Merx about his work, with many illustrations: Disturbing the Usual > Inspiring…

Dublin may be rich nowadays but…

… there is still laundry in some streets. foto: Jeroen Laven Over the last decade Dublin has changed from being one of the poorer capitals in Europe, to one of the richest ones. Especially in the innercity it is hard…

CityPoem 15 – San Francisco

A CityPoem from Richard Brautigan, the man who gave us Trout Fishing in AmericaThe photo shows a poem part of a pavement poems project in Inspiring Cities’s beloved city San Francisco.  CityPoem: 30 Cents, Two Transfers, Love by Richard…

CityPoem 14 – London

Light projections by artist Jenny Holzer. An interesting fusion between light art, cityscape, and poems: the Polish Wislawa Szymborska and Palestinian Mahmoud Darwish. See also Jenny Holzer CityPoem in Goslar, Germany – on Inspiring Cities Jenny Holzer was commissioned to…

REBAR Revisited, San Francisco PARKing Day a Success

“Within the San Francisco county, it appears to not be illegal to occupy a parking space for uses other than a car” says Matthew Passmore of REBAR.The formula of San Francisco’s artists’ collective of REBAR is strikingly simple: rent…

CityPoem 13 – Rotterdam

Rotterdam has many old canals (‘singels’). The city is restoring them based on the ‘Singelplan’.The Bergsingel and the Noordsingel are the first of two singels that were restored after the original design of nineteenth century city architect Rose. As…