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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!

Films and Manipulation

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A new trend on the internet: trailers cut to an entirely new interpretation.
Brokeback Mountain, shown at the Filmfestival Rotterdam 2006. President Bush did not want to react to this gayromance and it was forbidden in China. However… did you…

Antwerp, CityChromosomes, Culture and New Media

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How do we find the Chromosomes of Antwerp and Leeds? How are the dreams of the city brought together? Why is it important to stream books? In a windy and cold Antwerp, mid December, we meet the people behind the…

What is this bookcase doing here?

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Jogging along the river Rhine in Bonn this morning I suddenly saw this strange bookcase. Almost like a statue.
I stopped for a few minutes to take a look, and to my surprise people came and went, bringing and collecting…

Media

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 – 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…

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…

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?…