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PARK(ing) Day Rotterdam

PARK(ing) Day 2014 was a great success in Rotterdam. The municipality was actually feeding the meters for the reclamation of more than 75 parking spots by bu...

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19 September 2014Park(ing) Day 2014

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Providing temporary public open space . . . one parking spot at at time.
PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places.…

18 September 2014Inspiring Films: Detroit special

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An evening dedicated to Detroit, with an introduction by urban geographer Brian Doucet and the screening of two films: After the Factory (Philip Lauri, 2012) and Detroit Lives (Thalia Mavros, 2010; with Johnny Knoxville).
Brian Doucet – Brian is a…

16 July 2014Inspiring Films: “The Oil Rocks”

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The Oil Rocks – City above the sea (Marc Wolfensberger, 2009)

100 km off the coast of Baku in the Caspian sea, lies Neft Daslari, a network of oil rigs with a hotel, apartments, shops and sports facilities for 5,000…

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Barcelona 1912 – La perla del mediterráneo

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In honour of Barcelona joining the Inspiring Cities City Offices, we show this enchanting film of Barcelona in 1912.

Always wondered would it would feel like 100 years ago? Watch the film proudly showing Park Güell, freshly opened, and many…

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…

Inspiring Cities and the Urban Soundscape

The highlights of an Inspiring Cities salon in Rotterdam, June 3rd 2009.
There’s a growing interest in the opportunities of using sound in city development. In general sound is treated as a problem. Cars, public transport, events, pubs, schools –…

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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.

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 – 48: Orhan Kaya

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The diversity in Rotterdam is a strength, that we are a leading intercultural city.

How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries? What are the qualities of the city? Why are they so good?
Rotterdam is a modern…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 28: Martje Storm

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The book of Bordewijk, Character, means Rotterdam to me. The main figure develops thanks to the anger he has towards his father. Negative acts can make stronger…The bombing of Rotterdam was sad, but has made the city stronger and proud.…