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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…

26 June 2014Open ZoHo

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Open ZoHo Rotterdam
Information: ZoHo Rotterdam…

18 June 2014Inspiring Films: “Garbage Dreams”

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Garbage Dreams (Mai Iskander, 2009)
Connected to the theme “Urban by Nature” of the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, the first film is dedicated to Urban Metabolism: waste and recycling. Guest speaker is Césare Peeren of Superuse Studios in Rotterdam…

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Our mission is to look for the soul of the city. Many topics are relevant in that search. Here you find our most important
fields of interest. Just browse and enjoy the stories. Feel free to send us yours!

Demos

Demos is a British (but with an international network) think tank for everyday democracy.
Demos’s motto: We believe everyone should be able to make personal choices in their daily lives that contribute to the common good. Our aim is to…

The structure of happiness

Inspiring Cities was invited by the European Knowledge Network, a network for European cities to share methods of governance, involving residents in their policies and actions. At their closing conference in Almere, Inspiring Cities organized four Salons on the specific…

CityPoem 43 – Antwerp (8)

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“Back and Forth”, placed in the Antwerp Train Station.

The sixth of 7 Antwerp CityPoems this week, ending in an in-depth interview with the people behind the Antwerp programme.
Antwerp CityPoem: Heen en terug (Back and Forth), Tjitse Hofman
Back…

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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 – 40: Thieu Knibbeler

Culture is Rotterdam. Culture in people’s background, culture in doing things, culture in making things. Culture is the chain that keeps the city together.
How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 35: Ron Spreekmeester

“Stadsluft macht frei, aber nicht in Rotterdam”.
1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good?
These are different questions. I would describe Rotterdam to my…

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…