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Tonight the AFFR award winning film “Babushkas of Chernobyl” at the Inspiring Cities Film night in ZOHO. Join us!

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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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CityPoem 69 – Kyoto

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A poem for the Gion district (that also features in Memoirs of a Geisha) by the famous tanka poet Yoshii. Every year on November 8, a festival is held in his memory, where the geisha and maiko of the Gion…

Upside down house

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Brasilian architect designs his own housesHave you ever seen a house built upside down? If not, hold your breath and go to Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais state in Brazil. There were built two houses designed by Mr.…

CityPoem 90 – Brasilia, Poetry in the Gutter

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Residents of Brasilia, Brazil’s capital, made a protest on July, 9th against the destruction of poems published on bus stops around town.The poems were published in panels, written with ceramic mosaics and were a distraction to those waiting for…

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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.

Alain de Botton: The City as a Cure for Loneliness

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“Cities are, as it were, enormous libraries filled not with books but with people.”What is the future of cities? Why is it important to invest into cities? What changes should we make in our investment policies in cities? Twelve…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 18: Hans Redert

There is one festival who has an excellent reputation in giving a boost in the relation ship between Rotterdam and culture. I proudly present the Rotterdam film festival. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What…