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Temple Bar – From Bus Depot to Cultural Centre

The Temple Bar, photo Pierofix How culture was the driver to push this area in Dublin, and become the focal point of the city. Temple Bar: a Bus Depot? At the end of the ’80s Dublin knew many poorly developed…

“Guard Rails” & “Naked Streets”?

How do we get rid of those awful guard rails?Guard Rails and Naked Streets, those were the buzzwords of the 11th Annual Quality Streetscapes Conference in London, 3 May 2006. An inspiring conference.The question: how do we get rid…

New York City Waterfalls

In an extensive programme the city of New York is adding new parks, bicycle and foot paths and even a floating pool to reclaim the waterfronts that had been lost to cars in the last decades. Four huge man-made waterfalls…


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Joost Schrijnen: A good city needs a real local paper

Joost Schrijnen is one of the leading urban planners in the Netherlands. He is a professor at the Technical University Delft and works as a director for the province of South Holland. In earlier years he has been a director…

Wolfgang Kil: The Shrinking City

“The familiar distinctions between the capitalist, communist and developing countries (the ‘first’, ‘second’ and ‘third’ worlds) have disappeared.”What is the future of cities? Why is it important to invest into cities? What changes should we make in our investment…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 25: Fons Burger

There has been a lot of sowing in the eighties and nineties in cultural life, architecture and urban planning. We have to harvest this (after a short break) in the coming years.   1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people…