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
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CityPoem 81 – Rotterdam

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A line from a poem by Leopold, who lived in Rotterdam: “In all things is a glance.” Photo: Hans Karssenberg Rotterdam CityPoem: 2, Leopold This line is placed on the façade of the ever popular Mediterranean hotel and restaurant Bazar …

CityPoem 39 – Antwerp (4)

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A poem about terraces in Antwerp – or at least, at first sight. Put on 500,000 beer mats and spread all over Belgium.Part of the Antwerp CityPoem programme, and written by the Antwerp CityPoet Bart Moeyaert. The second of…

CityPoem 75 – Bristol

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A 600m-long epic city poem by poet Ralph Hoyte. “City = Canvas”.Photo: Charley Obo Jo   The photo is reading Ralph Hoyte’s 600m-long epic city poem ‘Walkie-Talkie’. It was written in 2004 for the Launch of Bristol Legible City.…

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.

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 26: Kees van Oorschot

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I think the Rotterdam Climate Initiative will affect daily live in Rotterdam for the years to come. To reach the goals set out by the initiative means a change in economic thinking and development. Industry and transport, among other things,…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 23: Eddy Kaijser

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Culture in Rotterdam is like the spices in your meal. Without spices, your meal has no flavour. Without culture, Rotterdam is just an other gray city made out of steel and concrete. 1.   How do you describe Rotterdam to people…

Rotterdam Week 8 questions – 6: Jan Willem Vader

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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…