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Great places in Oslo. A former firebrigade transformed into a bar with an almost mediteranean courtyard

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Great places of Oslo - The Vulkan area. A mixture of squatters, bohemians and city lovers mingling in an area with old warehouses, the river and new buildings

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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 41 – Antwerp (6)

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A poem related to the book UtopiA, that starts in the City of Antwerp.Part of the Antwerp CityPoem programme, and written by the Antwerp CityPoet Ramsey Nasr. Put on the wall in Antwerp. The fourth of 7 Antwerp CityPoems…

“Guard Rails” & “Naked Streets”?

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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…

U2 Hotspots In Dublin

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U2 was formed in Dublin in 1976. U2 formed in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency. By the mid-1980s, however, the band had released several successful albums and developed a devoted international following, largely from extensive…

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Wim Cassiers: A Sinjoor in Antwerp

Antwerp is a proud city.  A city with a mixed reputation. Famous for it’s port, rising fashion industry, night life, and beautiful main street, Keizerslei. It is infamous, though, for its big populist party and the social-economical problems. Like other…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 14: Merle Pijlman

ACTION That’s the word that pops up in my mind. The culture in Rotterdam is one of acting, not talking. It’s a working city, always wanting to move further, building more. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 28: Martje Storm

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The book of Bordewijk, Character, means Rotterdam to me. The main figure develops thanks to the anger he has towards his father. Negative acts can make stronger…The bombing of Rotterdam was sad, but has made the city stronger and proud.…