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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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Shrinking cities are here to stay

In the Netherlands, debate has just started about the consequences of the end of population increase. What will happen when our cities will start shrinking? Well, here’s the surprise: Cities are shrinking all over the world. And they are here…

CityPoem 26 – Santiago

A love poem by the legendary Pablo Neruda, taken in Santiago. “I request silence.”See also the Pablo Neruda CityPoem in Lisbon, from Twenty Love Poems. Santiago CityPoem: Pido Silencio en Estravagario, Pablo Neruda (One of Neruda’s Poems serve as…

Bryant Park

This summer I visited New York. One of the loveliest surprises the city offered me was Bryant Park located in the heart of Manhattan, situated behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets &…

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.

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 19: Dirk-Jan Hoets

For those who hate to make an effort and discover, Rotterdam is not the place to be – as most things worthwhile are not self-explanatory or easy to find, unless you have a guide from a Rotterdammer of course. 1.…

Ferran Mascarell on the civic dimension of cities

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…

Joost Schrijnen: A good city needs a real local paper

Joost Schrijnen is one of the leading urban planners in the Netherlands. He is a professor at the Technical University Delft and works as a director for the province of South Holland. In earlier years he has been a director…