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Great places in Oslo. A former firebrigade transformed into a bar with an almost mediteranean courtyard

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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 11 – Newtown, Australia

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CityPoemCityPoems can be either formal or informal. This Sunday’s CityPoem was written on a wall in Newtown, Sydney, Australia.While the goddess found Rare men who matched her list, None were “mr. right”. So she journeyed home from Where she…

Upside down house

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Brasilian architect designs his own housesHave you ever seen a house built upside down? If not, hold your breath and go to Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais state in Brazil. There were built two houses designed by Mr.…

Arts and culture are outstanding value creators

There are many reasons to introduce arts and culture into a residential area. Now, a research of Jan Brouwer by ABF Culture adds a convincing one: arts and culture and creative industries are the most important causes of higher property…

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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.

Joost Schrijnen: The City Is Worth Investing In!

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“If the Lisbon agreement (encouraging the knowledge economy) and Gothenburg agreement (sustainable development) are to succeed, the city must play a central role!”What is the future of cities? Why is it important to invest into cities? What changes should…

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?…

Rotterdam-week 8 questions – 45: Iris Dudok

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Rotterdam is loved by the people that know the city, live in the city, but the image of Rotterdam among outsiders is bad. You’ll have to know the city to really love and appreciate it. How do you describe Rotterdam…