Events

11 June 2015Rotterdam Rooftop Days

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The Rooftop Days of Rotterdam are a festive exploration of the rooftops of Rotterdam JUNE 11 – 14: ROOFTOP DAYS Do you want to experience the city in a way you never have before? This year, you can! Where else than in the high-rise city of the Netherlands: Rotterdam. You can hit the roof from […]

9 April 2015Metropolitan Field Trip Film Brussels: Our City

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As part of the Metropolitan Field Trips, AFFR is screening every month a film on a European city. After Athens, Zürich and Lisbon this month it is Brussels! In preparation for the field trip the film Our City of Marina Tarantino will be screened. Our City, Marina Tarantino (Belgium, 2014, 83 min.). The film is […]

26 February 2015Inspiring Cities Film: Zürich

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An introduction evening on Zürich and it’s urban developments. Zürich is a leading global city and among the world’s largest financial centers; most of Switzerland’s research and development centres are concentrated here. But at the same time it is the place where one of the first fablabs in Europe was situated, where new small enterprises […]

Topics

Our mission is to look for the soul of the city. Many topics are relevant in that search. Here you find our most important
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The story of the river Rotte

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Highlights of a tour in modern Rotterdam, searching for the location of the old dam the city is named after Rotterdamweek: the story of the river RotteIn Rotterdam one feels the possibilities and promises of the future, as well…

Inspiring Cities and the Urban Soundscape

The highlights of an Inspiring Cities salon in Rotterdam, June 3rd 2009. There’s a growing interest in the opportunities of using sound in city development. In general sound is treated as a problem. Cars, public transport, events, pubs, schools –…

CityPoem 44 – Antwerp (9)

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Soul of Antwerp: the river Schelde. A poem about this river, projected on this river.Part of the Antwerp CityPoem programme, written by the Antwerp CityPoet Bart Moeyaert. Projected in neon on the river at night. The last of 7…

Media

To share our inspiration we use this website, new media such as the Inspiring Cities Facebook page where you can ‘like us’ to stay up to date, or the LinkedIn group of which you can become a member. Other methodologies we use are book reviews, interviews and films.

‘Bicing’ in Medieval Barcelona

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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…

Ferran Mascarell on the civic dimension of cities

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Here Ferran Mascarell proves himself an optimist: not afraid to mention the city’s weaknesses or to criticize failures in recent urban politics, but in the end he shows confidence in the urban potential of Barcelona. Ferran Mascarell has been responsible…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 29: Lennert Goemans

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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;…