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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 75 – Bristol

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A 600m-long epic city poem by poet Ralph Hoyte. “City = Canvas”.Photo: Charley Obo Jo   The photo is reading Ralph Hoyte’s 600m-long epic city poem ‘Walkie-Talkie’. It was written in 2004 for the Launch of Bristol Legible City.…

Guerrilla gardening

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Do you feel irritated about the neglect of public space in your city? Maybe it’s time to become a gardener. A guerrilla gardener! In more and more cities all over the world people start acting as guerrilla gardeners. Guerrilla gardening…

Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA)

The Irish Historic Towns Atlas project was established in 1981 and Anngret Simms is one of the Series Editors. The aim of the project is to record the topographical development of a selection of Irish towns both large and small.…

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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.

‘Bicing’ in Medieval Barcelona

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I remember the moment that Barcelona got its free bicycles, called ‘Bicing.’ Accompanied by a slogan that stated that this is for all the people living in Barcelona, you could feel the pride and automatic acceptance. Expectations were exceeded enormously…

Joost Schrijnen: A good city needs a real local paper

Joost Schrijnen is one of the leading urban planners in the Netherlands. He is a professor at the Technical University Delft and works as a director for the province of South Holland. In earlier years he has been a director…

Reinier de Graaf: The City as Predictor of the Future

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“Cities are, as it were, territorial avant gardes showing how we have to tackle things.”What is the future of cities? Why is it important to invest into cities? What changes should we make in our investment policies in cities?…