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AFFR 2015 - theme ||GLOBAL HOME||

Key questions are: how to create a meaningful environment and give people a sense of belonging, despite the troubled waters of our time? How can we design cities to absorb the increased demand for temporary accommodation? What does the new network city look like? Where is the boundary between permanence and transience, identity and anonymity, the built and the virtual home? In short: what is a Global Home?
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Every festival edition we focus on a theme for our (film)programme. This years theme is ||GLOBAL HOME||Key questions are: how to create a meaningful environment and give people a sense of belonging,...

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11 June 2015Rotterdam Rooftop Days


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


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


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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How to Make a LED-Throwie

Inspiring Cities Hamburg just organized a Guerilla LED Throwing Event (see next article). Would you like to organize your own? Here’s a few simple instructions. Photo: Urban Data After Guerrilla Cooking and Guerilla Park(ing) there is now also Guerrilla LED-Throwing.…

Inspiring Cities, Inspiring Films

A movie night that links city and film, connected to current themes and events. Every night a film or documentary is shown with an introduction to the film by a guest speaker. The evening is a collaboration between Architecture Film…


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 – 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 – 37: Mai Elmar

A drive up the Maasboulevard after dusk showing the glittering river with the shimmering sky-line. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good? Rotterdam World…