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Hot Spots and Street Art in Istanbul

Some shots on art and cultural hotspots in Istanbul.Istanbul 2010In 2010, Istanbul will be the European Capital of Culture (along with Pécs in Hungary and Essen in Germany). See the Istanbul 2010 website for details, and a huge…

CityPoem 93 – Shanghai

Design of 1995 based on a poem of 815. The famous Bai Yuji’s Pipa Song inspired the Oriental Pearl Tower’s design. The Poem, the Poet and the Tower. CityPoem 93 is from Shanghai.  Foreword by the Poet“In 815,…

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…


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Charles Landry: The City is a Collective Enterprise

Planning creativity, culture and cities often leads to hyped tunnel visions, in which the cultural creatives are viewed from the economic point of view mostly. This is a shame, says Charles Landry, for culture is much more than economic value…

Outdoor sports in innercities.

A few years ago Dutch journalist Tracy Metz wrote an interesting book about some touristical trends. Pret! (Fun!) was fascinating reading material, for me most of all because of the many photos of popular touristical and cultural activities of the…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 39: Pauline de Vries

For me personally, Rotterdam is too small, I prefer bigger cities with more options, more variety, and more quality. Also, the city wants too much at the same time and is too much in a hurry to achieve it. 1.…