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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 67 – Cape Town

How does Cape Town cope with its past? The District 6 Museum works with the memories of the city’s experiences. There are several poems capturing the changes on the walls of the museum: “To White South Africa”, “Times Change”. The…

Hot Spots and Street Art in Istanbul

Some shots on art and cultural hotspots in Istanbul.Istanbul 2010In 2010, Istanbul will be the European Capital of Culture (along with Pécs in Hungary and Essen in Germany). See the Istanbul 2010 website for details, and a huge…

CityPoem 7 – Dublin

A poem on the wall of the Cafe Zanzibar in Dublin.Dublin CityPoem Hot White Walls, Black Shadows.. The Aroma Of Strange Eastern Spices, Bazaar Delights! The Secret of Sandalwood and Cloves. A Sound of Laughter and Music and Drums……


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The Bioregion City – Barbara Botos

Cities as part of Bioregions? The mythical bird Turul on top of the hill watching over Tatabánya (photo Hans Karssenberg) Barbara Botos is strategic and environmental manager in Tatabánya, Hungary. How does she view the relation between Cities and Culture?…

Alain de Botton: The City as a Cure for Loneliness

“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…