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11 March 2015Trip to Zürich (Save the Date)

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Save the Date for the Fieldtrip to Zürich: thu 12 – sat 14 march 2015. 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. It is quoted as city with the best quality of life in the world as well as […]

13 November 2014Inspiring Films: The High Line

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This week the Rotterdam Maaskant Prize will be awarded to landscape architect Piet Oudolf, who is known for his garden and landscape designs, among others the High Line in New York. There are currently two films in production on the work of Piet Oudolf, at least one of them will be shown during the AFFR […]

16 October 2014Inspiring Films: Markthal Special – Budapest

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Food Markets – In the Belly of the City: Budapest (Stefano Tealdi, 2013) (English and Hongarian (dubbed in English)) On the occassion of the opening of the Rotterdam Markhal we screen a documentary about the Central Market Hall of Budapest. Lesser known then the Istanbul bazar or La Boqueria in Barcelona, but maybe even more […]

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Audiomaps of cities

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In urban planning, sound is merely considered as a pollution problem. The Institute for Adaptive Music and Sound (IAMS) looks at the positive side of sound. During previous Inspiring Cities events in 2007 (in Hamburg and during Rotterdam-week) Kees Went…

New Tower of Culture on Manhattan

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New York will have a new and distinctive skyscraper. This time no bank or international headquarters. The Museum of Modern Art, at 53rd St near Central Park will expand. It has chosen a 75 story design of French architect Jean…

Jan Merx: Disturbing the Usual

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Jan Merx: a Dutch visual artist who likes to interact with the built environment. He uses the combination between the context and his statement to disturb the usual. This is necessary to provoke people to think, feel and perceive more…

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 – 2: Natal da Graça

The chaos theory as a metaphor for Rotterdam, and other thoughts by the Managing Director of BestDutch. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries? What are the qualities of the city? Why are they so good?…