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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 […]

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 […]

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Films and Manipulation

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A new trend on the internet: trailers cut to an entirely new interpretation. Brokeback Mountain, shown at the Filmfestival Rotterdam 2006. President Bush did not want to react to this gayromance and it was forbidden in China. However… did you…

At Least Partially Homemade: New York’s Industrial Decline

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A popular assumption that resonates in much that is said or written about the conversion of industrial urban spaces to new, post-industrial functions, is the idea that contemporary cities in the advanced capitalist world have become almost completely devoid of…

Barber pole

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Those red-white and blue striped barber’s poles. Who doesn’t have a memory of them: the symbol of a visit to the barber’s shop, not so long ago. Nowadays a barber’s pole is becoming a more rare phenomenon. A lot of…

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Jacqueline Vermaat: New York and other ant hills

Jacqueline Vermaat works for dS+V, the housing and planning department of the city of Rotterdam. She is head of the housing section. Jacqueline is also a notorious traveler to countries and cities all over the world. So she knows her…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 24: Hans Snel

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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 – 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.…