Our mission is to look for the soul of the city. Many topics are relevant in that search. Here you find our most important
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Neighbourshop On Tour

What product will you use to improve your dialogue with your neighbour? “Being neighbours is the first step to forming a society.” With this motto, twenty young artists in Amsterdam have bought up a former driving supermarket. They turned this…

CityPoem 16 – Hoorn

A floating poem, by ‘general visual artist’ Jan Merx, who mixes architecture, visual art, literature, philosophy and sound in his work.See also > Inspiring Cities article: Jan Merx about his work, with many illustrations: Disturbing the Usual > Inspiring…

CityPoem 15 – San Francisco

A CityPoem from Richard Brautigan, the man who gave us Trout Fishing in AmericaThe photo shows a poem part of a pavement poems project in Inspiring Cities’s beloved city San Francisco.  CityPoem: 30 Cents, Two Transfers, Love by Richard…


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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.…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 27: Luc Boot

The Dutch “Doe maar gewoon dan doe je al gek genoeg” (“Normal is crazy enough”) attitude has been invented in Rotterdam. Rotterdam is too modest about its achievements and ambitions. “Be good & tell it.” 1. How do you describe…

Sir Peter Hall: The polycentric mega-city

“In England, lottery money has been spent in enormous amounts on new museums, large and small.”What is the future of cities? Why is it important to invest into cities? What changes should we make in our investment policies in…