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Rotterdam Rooftop Days : a festive exploration of the cityscape from above. ... See MoreSee Less

Wil je de stad ervaren zoals nooit te voren? Dit jaar kan dat! Waar anders dan in dé hoogbouwstad van Nederland: Rotterdam! Van 11 t/m 14 juni 2015 kun je tijdens de allereerste editie van de Rotterd...

Rotterdamse Dakendagen

June 11, 2015, 4:00pm - June 14, 2015, 8:00pm

The Thornico Building

Wil je de stad ervaren zoals nooit te voren? Dit jaar kan dat! Waar anders dan in dé hoogbouwstad van Nederland: Rotterdam! Van 11 t/m 14 juni 2015 kun je tijdens de allereerste editie van de Rotterd...

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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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Sensity artworks by Stanza

A network of sensors, some fixed, and some embedded, collects data which display the emotional state of the city. Sensity artworks by Stanza are made from the data that is collected across the urban and environment infrastructure.A network of…

The Twelve Principles for Cautious Urban Renewal

Kreuzberg, photo ToKi A call for Cautiousness that conquered Berlin, Germany and the rest of the World. In 1984, Berlin organised a double Building Exhibition. Mr Hardt-Waltherr Hämer and his team developed 12 principles for how urban renewal should take…

CityPoem 47 – Taipei

A poem in the Taipei MRT ShihPai Station (Tamshui-Shintien Line or Beitou-Nanshih Chiao Line): Transformation, by the major American Modernist poet Wallace Stevens.Taipei  CityPoem: Sunday Morning, Wallace Stevens Sunday Morning Wallace Stevens I Complacencies of the peignoir, and late…


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Rotterdam week 8 questions – 38: Tom Boot

DS+V, Pasfoto's ten behoeve van beveiligingspasjes. Nico de Jong
Being a real working city, cultural live isn’t on the forefront in Rotterdam. That didn’t prevent Rotterdam from creating a divers cultural climate. This makes Rotterdam a real city.1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries?…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 27: Luc Boot

The Dutch “Doe maar gewoon dan doe je al gek genoeg” (“Normal is crazy enough”) attitude has been invented in Rotterdam. Rotterdam is too modest about its achievements and ambitions. “Be good & tell it.” 1. How do you describe…

Jacqueline Vermaat: New York and other ant hills

Jacqueline Vermaat works for dS+V, the housing and planning department of the city of Rotterdam. She is head of the housing section. Jacqueline is also a notorious traveler to countries and cities all over the world. So she knows her…