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12 March 2015Metropolitan Field Trip Zürich

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Metropolitan Field Trip 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 the wealthiest city […]

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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From Maizena to Extreme Makeover

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I wonder what healing power is ascribed to ‘culture’ in urban renewal strategies. Since the 80s, the value of musea, events and shiny waterfront developments for urban regeneration grew to the attention of policymakers. Even in deprived neighbourhoods, culture is…

Dragons in Rotterdam

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Lost: dragon. Found: new building Photo by Jeroen Laven The West-Kruiskade is thé multicultural street of Rotterdam in one of the more interesting areas of the city (Oude Westen), with a.o. many Chinese and Surinam shops. The street also contains…

CityPoem 35 – Prague

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Prague, Lennon Wall. During the communist era a place for anti-government slogans. Now graffiti – poems and words of peace by millions of visitors from around the world.Prague CityPoem: the Lennon Wall A wall in Prague: The Lennon Wall,…

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Rotterdam week 8 questions – 18: Hans Redert

There is one festival who has an excellent reputation in giving a boost in the relation ship between Rotterdam and culture. I proudly present the Rotterdam film festival. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What…

Adriana Barbosa on cities and culture

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The cities are the targets for the climate change and Brazil seems not to be prepared to deal with it. Adriana Barbosa is a 36 years old architect and Urban Designer. She took her graduate studies  at Universidade Mackenzie where…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 42: René Hanssens

Water is the soul of Rotterdam. I would bring my friends to the Lloyd’s Quarter. A surprising mix of old and new. It shows water, our maritime and trading history. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries.…