Rotterdam week 8 questions – 39: Pauline de Vries

For me personally, Rotterdam is too small, I prefer bigger cities with more options, more variety, and more quality. Also, the city wants too much at the same time and is too much in a hurry to achieve it. 1.…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 38: Tom Boot

Being a real working city, cultural live isn’t on the forefront in Rotterdam. That didn’t prevent Rotterdam from creating a divers cultural climate. This makes Rotterdam a real city.1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries?…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 37: Mai Elmar

A drive up the Maasboulevard after dusk showing the glittering river with the shimmering sky-line. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good? Rotterdam World…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 36: Jeanette van der Does

Rough, windy and unfinished. Rotterdam offers a lot of space for creative minds and gold diggers.1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good? Rough,…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 35: Ron Spreekmeester

“Stadsluft macht frei, aber nicht in Rotterdam”. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good? These are different questions. I would describe Rotterdam to my…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 34: Mare de Campos

Rotterdam is nice because it is “flat”, “green”, secure and because people makes it interesting. I loved hanging around by bike over there… feeling the wind beating my face every day. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 33: Sandra Kruin

Rotterdam is not an open-air museum like other cities. You come for a purpose; you don’t come just for a stroll. It would be nice if there were more possibilities where people could visit for no reason and stay longer…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 32: Wieteke ten Horn

The soul is in Rotterdam Zuid, Afrikaanderplein and Beijerlandselaan in summer. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good? Rotterdam is second big city in…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 29: Lennert Goemans

I think Rotterdam lacks the atmosphere and image of a metropole.1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good? It’s a city with a waterfront;…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 30: Bram Harkes

The River Nieuwe Maas flows through my veins. That’s why I always have to work. As every citizen in Rotterdam. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 28: Martje Storm

The book of Bordewijk, Character, means Rotterdam to me. The main figure develops thanks to the anger he has towards his father. Negative acts can make stronger…The bombing of Rotterdam was sad, but has made the city stronger and proud.…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 27: Luc Boot

The Dutch “Doe maar gewoon dan doe je al gek genoeg” (“Normal is crazy enough”) attitude has been invented in Rotterdam. Rotterdam is too modest about its achievements and ambitions. “Be good & tell it.” 1. How do you describe…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 26: Kees van Oorschot

I think the Rotterdam Climate Initiative will affect daily live in Rotterdam for the years to come. To reach the goals set out by the initiative means a change in economic thinking and development. Industry and transport, among other things,…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 25: Fons Burger

There has been a lot of sowing in the eighties and nineties in cultural life, architecture and urban planning. We have to harvest this (after a short break) in the coming years.   1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people…

‘Bicing’ in Medieval Barcelona

I remember the moment that Barcelona got its free bicycles, called ‘Bicing.’ Accompanied by a slogan that stated that this is for all the people living in Barcelona, you could feel the pride and automatic acceptance. Expectations were exceeded enormously…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 24: Hans Snel

Culture is important for every city, for the climate of living and doing business. Culture can strengthen the image of Rotterdam as a city of modern architecture.1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 23: Eddy Kaijser

Culture in Rotterdam is like the spices in your meal. Without spices, your meal has no flavour. Without culture, Rotterdam is just an other gray city made out of steel and concrete. 1.   How do you describe Rotterdam to people…

Can you handle the Cape?

Re-development of Katendrecht: using a ‘rough’ image as an advantage Arabs, Greem, Norwegians Johnny Hoes, a Dutch songwriter, about his birth city Rotterdam: I grew up in the neighbourhood of Katendrecht. There used to be Arabs, Norwegians, Americans, it was…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 21: Nico Tillie

The soul is about how it originated where it stands now and what it envisions for the future and acts with that. So I would show old and new Delfshaven and the harbour, the innercity and the River with the…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 20: Kevin Nolan

When I get back from a trip to Rotterdam and people ask me where I’ve been, the usual reaction is a raised eyebrow and a “Rotterdam? Why Rotterdam?”, as if I had just announced my return from Tehran or Tashkent.…