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11 June 2015Rotterdam Rooftop Days


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


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


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 […]


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How do I start my own Community of Practice

That was the question. ENTP, the European New Town Platform, asked Hans Karssenberg of Stipo Consult, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer of Mediamatic, and Jeroen Laven and David O’Connor of Erasmuspc and Urban Design Ireland to help them answer this question.Together with…

CityPoem 82 – Vienna (2)

A poem on a building.wos wüü den ana scho redn waun a no nii draust woa about what can someone talk… when one was never »out there« This picture of a facade of the »wohnpark donaucity« in vienna was…

Breathtaking Mexico City, Megalopolis

“I am a helicopter pilot and decided to share what I see from above” says C.O. Ruiz. The result: breathtaking views of Megalopolis. Just in case he adds that all pictures are REAL. Watch & Enjoy: http://homepage.mac.com/helipilot/PhotoAlbum31.html…


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Rotterdam week 8 questions – 14: Merle Pijlman

ACTION That’s the word that pops up in my mind. The culture in Rotterdam is one of acting, not talking. It’s a working city, always wanting to move further, building more. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 2: Natal da Graça

The chaos theory as a metaphor for Rotterdam, and other thoughts by the Managing Director of BestDutch. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries? What are the qualities of the city? Why are they so good?…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 12: Joost Menger

Rotterdam has lost its identity and culture is a way to discover a new one. Above that culture is a language between people of the whole world to understand each other. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in…