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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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CityPoem 40 – Antwerp (5)

A poem about being a stranger living in Antwerp. Put on 30,000 door hangers and spread all over Antwerp.Part of the Antwerp CityPoem programme, and written by the Antwerp CityPoet Bart Moeyaert. The third of 7 Antwerp CityPoems this…

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…

CityPoem 27 – Lisbon

“I want to do with you what spring does with cherry trees.”See also the previous one at his house of birth in Santiago: Pido Silencio. Lisbon CityPoem: Twenty Love Poems, Pablo Neruda Poem on a wall in the Alfama…


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Rotterdam week 8 questions – 47: Wanda Waanders

I am glad there is a project to transform the ‘Grotekerkplein’and I hope this historical heart of the city will regain it’s charm again. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the…

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…