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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 […]

13 November 2014Inspiring Films: The High Line

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This week the Rotterdam Maaskant Prize will be awarded to landscape architect Piet Oudolf, who is known for his garden and landscape designs, among others the High Line in New York. There are currently two films in production on the work of Piet Oudolf, at least one of them will be shown during the AFFR […]

16 October 2014Inspiring Films: Markthal Special – Budapest

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Food Markets – In the Belly of the City: Budapest (Stefano Tealdi, 2013) (English and Hongarian (dubbed in English)) On the occassion of the opening of the Rotterdam Markhal we screen a documentary about the Central Market Hall of Budapest. Lesser known then the Istanbul bazar or La Boqueria in Barcelona, but maybe even more […]

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Celebrate! Solve! Soul!

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10 Statements about Rotterdam. The results of Rotterdam week 2007 10 Statements for Rotterdam Cartoon by Hans-Jan Rijbering During the weekend of December 14th-16th Inspiring Cities organized the first Rotterdam week. Approximately 80 professionals from very different backgrounds joined in…

Walking in the fast lane

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People are walking appr. 10% faster now than 10 years ago. Photo: bricolage.108’s   The Quirkology Pace of Life Project does research on the pace of walking in big cities all over the world. The research shows that people are…

For Your City’s Daily Emotions: the D-Tower

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It is Doetinchem’s most well known and controversial statue: the D-toren (D-tower). It is the first of five modern towers at busy sections in the the city of Doetinchem.Love, Happiness, Fear or Hate The tower is twelve metres tall…

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Ferran Mascarell on the civic dimension of cities

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Here Ferran Mascarell proves himself an optimist: not afraid to mention the city’s weaknesses or to criticize failures in recent urban politics, but in the end he shows confidence in the urban potential of Barcelona. Ferran Mascarell has been responsible…

Rotterdam week 8 Questions – 7: Patrick van Beveren

Manager Urban renewal and Housing in Amsterdam, loves Feyenoord and Bert van Marwijk. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good? In a way Rotterdam…

Outdoor sports in innercities.

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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…