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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 83 – Rotterdam (9)

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You will find six haiku on tiles at the Karel Doormanstraat in the centre of Rotterdam. This one is written by Mariann den Heyer. He was one of the six price winners of the competition organised by the Centrum voor…

Rotterdam Cut Up: the Soul and Culture of the City

Hans Karssenberg, Jasja Zuidmeer and Jeroen Laven of Inspiring Cities made sure the evening went as arranged. They took care of photos, food and an organised discussion. Erasmus is the most famous of all Rotterdam citizens. However his statue has…

CityPoem 36 – Rome

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Romans honouring a hero of the past: the people’s poet Trilussa, who never joined any literary circles, wrote about the everyday Romans, in the Roman dialect.Rome  CityPoem: In the Shadow, Trilussa IN THE SHADOW While I’m reading the usual…

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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.

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 29: Lennert Goemans

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I think Rotterdam lacks the atmosphere and image of a metropole.1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good? It’s a city with a waterfront;…

The Bioregion City – Barbara Botos

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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?…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 39: Pauline de Vries

For me personally, Rotterdam is too small, I prefer bigger cities with more options, more variety, and more quality. Also, the city wants too much at the same time and is too much in a hurry to achieve it. 1.…