Our mission is to look for the soul of the city. Many topics are relevant in that search. Here you find our most important
fields of interest. Just browse and enjoy the stories. Feel free to send us yours!

Mark Jenkins: street art from Washington D.C.

What is your reaction when you see a man with his head in a wall? What would you do when you see a woman asleep (?) or worse (?!) with her face in a plate in an ‘all you can…

Guerrilla gardening

Do you feel irritated about the neglect of public space in your city? Maybe it’s time to become a gardener. A guerrilla gardener! In more and more cities all over the world people start acting as guerrilla gardeners. Guerrilla gardening…

CityPoem 65 – Sabadell

Photo: Kevin NolanThis text is an African proverb. An African proverb becomes a Catalan CityPoem, being published by an Irishman. Now that’s Inspiring Cities. Sabadell CityPoem This CityPoem in Sabadell, a city 20 km north-west of Barcelona, was contributed by…


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.…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 10: Rob van den Bos

Rob is from Rotterdam: born and raised, although he works in Scheveningen. The people and different cultures in small neighbourhoods in and around the city centre form for him the soul of Rotterdam. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to…

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…