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11 March 2015Trip to Zürich (Save the Date)

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Save the Date for the Fieldtrip to Zürich: thu 12 – sat 14 march 2015. 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. It is quoted as city with the best quality of life in the world as well as […]

13 November 2014Inspiring Films: The High Line

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This week the Rotterdam Maaskant Prize will be awarded to landscape architect Piet Oudolf, who is known for his garden and landscape designs, among others the High Line in New York. There are currently two films in production on the work of Piet Oudolf, at least one of them will be shown during the AFFR […]

16 October 2014Inspiring Films: Markthal Special – Budapest

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Food Markets – In the Belly of the City: Budapest (Stefano Tealdi, 2013) (English and Hongarian (dubbed in English)) On the occassion of the opening of the Rotterdam Markhal we screen a documentary about the Central Market Hall of Budapest. Lesser known then the Istanbul bazar or La Boqueria in Barcelona, but maybe even more […]

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Jan Merx: Disturbing the Usual

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Jan Merx: a Dutch visual artist who likes to interact with the built environment. He uses the combination between the context and his statement to disturb the usual. This is necessary to provoke people to think, feel and perceive more…

Urban Audit information on European cities

The Urban Audit is an online source of information on European cities. Excellent material for those of you working in the field of urban development. Also interesting for those who want to compare their own city to other cities: From…

The CAC and other Urban Projects in Valencia, Spain

Imagine being surrounded by the Pompidou Centre, the Sydney Opera House, the Bilbao Guggenheim and the London Eye all in the one beautiful place and miraculously blended into a single coherent array of architecture and form.  That is no less…

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Rotterdam week 8 questions – 33: Sandra Kruin

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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 – 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 – 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…