Events

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 […]

Topics

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!

Taji the Chef: Urban Guerrilla Cooking

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On Saturday the 15th of December Taji the Chef will provide us with an Urban Guerrilla Cooking-experience at 6pm at the Boompjes in Rotterdam in front of “De Nederlandse Bank”. This experience is part of Rotterdam week.Guerrilla cooking at…

Strange statues

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Statues that make you smile from all over the world. My own contribution to the collection are these two statues I found in Rotterdam and Antwerp. For a big collection of statues that make you smile check out a…

CityPoem 56 – Glendalough

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A poem by the Irish contemporary poet Seamus Heaney, who lives in Dublin.Today, a bit of smuggling for Dublin week. Glendalough is not in Dublin, but it is 36 kms south of Dublin. Glendalough’s granite cliffs have been a…

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 – 21: Nico Tillie

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The soul is about how it originated where it stands now and what it envisions for the future and acts with that. So I would show old and new Delfshaven and the harbour, the innercity and the River with the…

Alain de Botton: The City as a Cure for Loneliness

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“Cities are, as it were, enormous libraries filled not with books but with people.”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? Twelve…

‘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…