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The expansion of built up urban land in São Paulo, 1881 - 2000. Prepared for the NYU Stern Urbanization Project using data from The Atlas of Urban Expansion,...

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Europe 24

This data visualization of Air Traffic in Europe was created from real flight data. It shows the air traffic which flies on a typical summer day and highlights the…

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Events

17 April 2014The Rise of New Makers in the City and their Importance for Rotterdam

The New Makers conquer Rotterdam: vacant offices, shops, and buildings in the city are more and more transformed into all kinds of manufacturing companies, ranging from craft to 3D- printing industries.
Inspiring Cities, the international network for cities and culture,…

23 June 2013City Trip to Tirana, Albanie

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We are planning a City Trip to Tirana, Albanie. The trip probably will be from June 23th – 26th, 2013. If you are interested in joining us, let us know.
More details will be on our site soon.…

12 November 2012City Think Lab: Arrival City

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Many cities try to fight migration by harnessing slums, ghetto’s. favelas and other ‘ bad neighborhoods’.  Most of the time cities see them as negative and as a problem for the economic development of the city as a whole.  BUT,…

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!

Kurt Vonnegut 1922 – 2007

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Kurt Vonnegut, author, journalist, humanist and anti-war campaigner passed away on April 11th 2007, aged 84.
Vonnegut, best known for his visionary science fiction work which queried the role of human, machine, time and our very existence, was inspired into…

CityPoem 32 – San Juan, Puerto Rico

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A poem posted on a wall in San Juan, Puerto Rico, expressing the poet’s reaction to a graffiti mural painted by an unknown artist.
The poem has some plays on words that are hard to translate, so some words below…

CityPoem 7 – Dublin

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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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Alain de Botton: The City as a Cure for Loneliness

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“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…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 34: Mare de Campos

Rotterdam is nice because it is “flat”, “green”, secure and because people makes it interesting. I loved hanging around by bike over there… feeling the wind beating my face every day.
1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 20: Kevin Nolan

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When I get back from a trip to Rotterdam and people ask me where I’ve been, the usual reaction is a raised eyebrow and a “Rotterdam? Why Rotterdam?”, as if I had just announced my return from Tehran or Tashkent.…