Events

11 June 2015Rotterdam Rooftop Days

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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

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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 […]

Topics

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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…

Loch Ness Turns Up on New York Subway

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It lifted up Marilyn Monroe’s dress, and it can do so much more. Exhaust air from subway manholes: It makes Joshua Allan Harris’ sleeping creatures come to live each time a subway passes.Each time a subway passes by the…

Beyond the scope of ruin porn: Why Detroit matters

The central train station of Detroit. The last train arrived here years ago.
“That Dutch assholes come here and all they wanna do is taking pictures of abandoned buildings”, was a remarkable quote in the movie ‘Detroit Lives’ that was shown during the Inspiring Cities Inspiring Films event on September 18th, 2014. It…

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 – 5: Wilbert Vonk

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KPN Toren op Zuid: its inventive, experimetal, communicative, celebrating entrepeneurship… and ugly! 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good? It has two personalties… A…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 28: Martje Storm

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The book of Bordewijk, Character, means Rotterdam to me. The main figure develops thanks to the anger he has towards his father. Negative acts can make stronger…The bombing of Rotterdam was sad, but has made the city stronger and proud.…

Rotterdam Week 8 questions – 15: Esseline Schieven

… the best thing is the seeds of optimism planted all over town: the revival of the Meent, the opening of OBBA, the new community that is growning in Spangen, the survival of the new concepts on the Mathenesseweg, the…