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The expansion of built up urban land in São Paulo, 1881 - 2000. Prepared for the NYU Stern Urbanization Project using data from The Atlas of Urban Expansion,...

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17 April 2014The Rise of New Makers in the City and their Importance for Rotterdam

The New Makers conquer Rotterdam: vacant offices, shops, and buildings in the city are more and more transformed into all kinds of manufacturing companies, ranging from craft to 3D- printing industries.
Inspiring Cities, the international network for cities and culture,…

23 June 2013City Trip to Tirana, Albanie


We are planning a City Trip to Tirana, Albanie. The trip probably will be from June 23th – 26th, 2013. If you are interested in joining us, let us know.
More details will be on our site soon.…

12 November 2012City Think Lab: Arrival City


Many cities try to fight migration by harnessing slums, ghetto’s. favelas and other ‘ bad neighborhoods’.  Most of the time cities see them as negative and as a problem for the economic development of the city as a whole.  BUT,…


Our mission is to look for the soul of the city. Many topics are relevant in that search. Here you find our most important
fields of interest. Just browse and enjoy the stories. Feel free to send us yours!

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…

CityPoem 23 – Antwerp (2)


Soul of Antwerp: the river Schelde. Made by a local hero, 83 steel letters (weight: 1.3 ton) hover over the water on the left bank of the river Schelde.

Antwerp CityPoem: Fresh from the Sea, Marco Cools
The poem is…

CityPoem 93, Amsterdam (3)

We will laugh again.
Your star will shine again, Amsterdam
The magic will work it’s way again, Amsterdam
Spring is drawing near, Amsterdam
You will fall in love again, Amsterdam
You will move freely again, Amsterdam
We will laugh again,…


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Rotterdam Week 8 questions – 6: Jan Willem Vader


Meet the world 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?
- I tell them how beautiful the river swings through the heart…

Charles Landry: The City is a Collective Enterprise


Planning creativity, culture and cities often leads to hyped tunnel visions, in which the cultural creatives are viewed from the economic point of view mostly. This is a shame, says Charles Landry, for culture is much more than economic value…