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19 September 2014Park(ing) Day 2014

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Providing temporary public open space . . . one parking spot at at time.
PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places.…

18 September 2014Inspiring Films: Detroit special

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An evening dedicated to Detroit, with an introduction by urban geographer Brian Doucet and the screening of two films: After the Factory (Philip Lauri, 2012) and Detroit Lives (Thalia Mavros, 2010; with Johnny Knoxville).
Brian Doucet – Brian is a…

16 July 2014Inspiring Films: “The Oil Rocks”

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The Oil Rocks – City above the sea (Marc Wolfensberger, 2009)

100 km off the coast of Baku in the Caspian sea, lies Neft Daslari, a network of oil rigs with a hotel, apartments, shops and sports facilities for 5,000…

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Folk Songs for the Five Points

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As a warm up for the Monospace Event in Hamburg a beautiful initiative from New York City.

Folk Songs for the Five Points is a celebration of cultural diversity and change, using “folk songs” as a metaphor to explore immigration…

Gallery 37: using cultural training for community development

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Gallery 37 is a very succesful initiative to encourage socially excluded people to develop their cultural skills, and eventually move on to further education or employment.

Gallery 37 now functions as a gateway to Birmingham’s cultural quarter. Gallery 37 is…

CityPoem 62 – Kyoto

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A ‘tanka’ poem by the cofounder of the Omoto religion. The members wish to beautify the world by art, and believe that art brings humans closer to the divine.
This CityPoem from Kyoto was contribited by Ichiro Kishimi.
> Ichiro…

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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…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 26: Kees van Oorschot

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I think the Rotterdam Climate Initiative will affect daily live in Rotterdam for the years to come. To reach the goals set out by the initiative means a change in economic thinking and development. Industry and transport, among other things,…

Rotterdam week 8 Questions – 7: Patrick van Beveren

Manager Urban renewal and Housing in Amsterdam, loves Feyenoord and Bert van Marwijk.
1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good?
In a way Rotterdam…