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AFFR 2015 - theme ||GLOBAL HOME||

Key questions are: how to create a meaningful environment and give people a sense of belonging, despite the troubled waters of our time? How can we design cities to absorb the increased demand for temporary accommodation? What does the new network city look like? Where is the boundary between permanence and transience, identity and anonymity, the built and the virtual home? In short: what is a Global Home?
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Every festival edition we focus on a theme for our (film)programme. This years theme is ||GLOBAL HOME||Key questions are: how to create a meaningful environment and give people a sense of belonging,...

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11 June 2015Rotterdam Rooftop Days


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


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


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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A Million More Public Spaces

The economy is eating away culture and creates emptiness. “Let’s bring back the vigor, surprise, joy and contagious excitement.” AICP’s founder Anindita Mitra contributes to Inspiring Cities’s UNFPA Culture Campaign. A plea for public spaces. Anindita Mitra is founder of …

Walking in the fast lane

People are walking appr. 10% faster now than 10 years ago. Photo: bricolage.108’s   The Quirkology Pace of Life Project does research on the pace of walking in big cities all over the world. The research shows that people are…

CityPoem 55 – Dublin (6)

“Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.”Dublin is writer’s city. Bloom’s day, that this Dublin Week leads up to, is the day of James Joyce. But Oscar Wilde is present in the current streetscape of the city too. He…


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Rotterdam week 8 questions – 35: Ron Spreekmeester

“Stadsluft macht frei, aber nicht in Rotterdam”. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good? These are different questions. I would describe Rotterdam to my…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 20: Kevin Nolan

When I get back from a trip to Rotterdam and people ask me where I’ve been, the usual reaction is a raised eyebrow and a “Rotterdam? Why Rotterdam?”, as if I had just announced my return from Tehran or Tashkent.…