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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CityPoem 85 – Hamburg

A 450 square metre poem about memento, modern architecture and trash chutes. Photo: Photo: On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the »Grindelhochhäuser« the 450 sq.m. »einwortwerk« (»onewordwork(of art)«) was enrolled. The poem is a documentary extract…

Beyond the scope of ruin porn: Why Detroit matters

The central train station of Detroit. The last train arrived here years ago.
“That Dutch assholes come here and all they wanna do is taking pictures of abandoned buildings”, was a remarkable quote in the movie ‘Detroit Lives’ that was shown during the Inspiring Cities Inspiring Films event on September 18th, 2014. It…

CityPoem 14 – London

Light projections by artist Jenny Holzer. An interesting fusion between light art, cityscape, and poems: the Polish Wislawa Szymborska and Palestinian Mahmoud Darwish. See also Jenny Holzer CityPoem in Goslar, Germany – on Inspiring Cities Jenny Holzer was commissioned to…


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Culture and cities questionnaire

Can you answer the 8 Inspiring Cities questions about Cities and Culture?! 8 questions about Cities and Culture Inspiring Cities is an international network (so far 11 countries) focused on cities and culture. We like ideas for cities. We search…

Rotterdam Week 8 questions – 6: Jan Willem Vader

Meet the world 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? – I tell them how beautiful the river swings through the heart…

Ferran Mascarell on the civic dimension of cities

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…