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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 […]

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Ice cream in Cologne

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The cone might be haven been impossible to miss. Photos: Jeroen Laven But the ice cream shop that I expected could not be found in the Neumarkt Galerie. Still, the cone is a nice peace of art called ‘Dropped Cone’…

How to make a spatial vision in one day

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The city district of Hillegersberg Schiebroek wants to be prepared for the future. What are the challenges facing the district in the coming 25 years? Normally, in these cases, consultants are asked to do a study about the challenges and…

The story of the river Rotte

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Highlights of a tour in modern Rotterdam, searching for the location of the old dam the city is named after Rotterdamweek: the story of the river RotteIn Rotterdam one feels the possibilities and promises of the future, as well…

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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.

Adriana Barbosa on cities and culture

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The cities are the targets for the climate change and Brazil seems not to be prepared to deal with it. Adriana Barbosa is a 36 years old architect and Urban Designer. She took her graduate studies  at Universidade Mackenzie where…

Sir Peter Hall: The polycentric mega-city

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“In England, lottery money has been spent in enormous amounts on new museums, large and small.”What is the future of cities? Why is it important to invest into cities? What changes should we make in our investment policies in…

Hardt-Waltherr Hämer: The Cautious City

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“Don’t get me wrong: profit is not a dirty word; it’s quick profits I don’t like. Quick profits are fatal for city culture.” What is the future of cities? Why is it important to invest into cities? What changes should…