Events

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 […]

Topics

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!

Old city, new life

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We cannot claim to speak of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter and only look at its historical aspects. Photos Barcelona by Ramon Domènech & Victor LaudyMentioning the Mons Taber, Barcino or the last columns of Augustus’ Roman temple would not be…

CityPoem 89 – Lima

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The Parque del Amor (Love Park) in Miraflores, Lima, Peru, is located on the cliffs of Chorrillos overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It’s surrounded by walls of romantic quotes scripted in mosaic tiles and a monumental statue of two lovers embracing…

Walls of Incompetence

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Padua, 2006. No need for urban regeneration. Just build a wall! They are the city’s ugly face: the walls of fear, walls of shame, walls of incompetence. What started in Berlin, went on in Belfast and Jerusalem. Very recently, it…

Media

To share our inspiration we use this website, new media such as the Inspiring Cities Facebook page where you can ‘like us’ to stay up to date, or the LinkedIn group of which you can become a member. Other methodologies we use are book reviews, interviews and films.

Márcia de Campos Strobino on cities and culture

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Culture created the city and the city created the culture. One couldn’t exist without the other. Marcia is a 40 year-old Brazilian civil engineer who works with civil constructions for 17 years. She had lived in the US for some…

Rotterdam week 8 Questions – 7: Patrick van Beveren

Manager Urban renewal and Housing in Amsterdam, loves Feyenoord and Bert van Marwijk. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good? In a way Rotterdam…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 32: Wieteke ten Horn

The soul is in Rotterdam Zuid, Afrikaanderplein and Beijerlandselaan in summer. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good? Rotterdam is second big city in…