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Jane Jacobs, 1916-2006

Sad news: Inspiring Cities’s hero Jane Jacobs, author of the most influential work on planning ever written, is no longer. The author of “Death and Life of Great American Cities”, the inspiration for all fans of the Creative Society, died…

Old city, new life

We cannot claim to speak of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter and only look at its historical aspects. Photos Barcelona by Ramon Domènech & Victor LaudyMentioning the Mons Taber, Barcino or the last columns of Augustus’ Roman temple would not be…

CityPoem 64 – Prague

A poem by Jan Skácel who was banned during the Communist regime and tragically died ten days before the 1989 revolution. “ This article has been contributed by Ellen Delzenne – thanks Ellen! Prague CityPoem – photo Ellen Delzenne Prague…


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Rotterdam week 8 questions – 30: Bram Harkes

The River Nieuwe Maas flows through my veins. That’s why I always have to work. As every citizen in Rotterdam. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 19: Dirk-Jan Hoets

For those who hate to make an effort and discover, Rotterdam is not the place to be – as most things worthwhile are not self-explanatory or easy to find, unless you have a guide from a Rotterdammer of course. 1.…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 24: Hans Snel

Culture is important for every city, for the climate of living and doing business. Culture can strengthen the image of Rotterdam as a city of modern architecture.1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are…