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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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Sensity artworks by Stanza

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A network of sensors, some fixed, and some embedded, collects data which display the emotional state of the city. Sensity artworks by Stanza are made from the data that is collected across the urban and environment infrastructure.A network of…

CityPoem 7 – Dublin

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A poem on the wall of the Cafe Zanzibar in Dublin.Dublin CityPoem Hot White Walls, Black Shadows.. The Aroma Of Strange Eastern Spices, Bazaar Delights! The Secret of Sandalwood and Cloves. A Sound of Laughter and Music and Drums……

The Twelve Principles for Cautious Urban Renewal

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Kreuzberg, photo ToKi A call for Cautiousness that conquered Berlin, Germany and the rest of the World. In 1984, Berlin organised a double Building Exhibition. Mr Hardt-Waltherr Hämer and his team developed 12 principles for how urban renewal should take…

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Hardt-Waltherr Hämer: The Cautious City

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“Don’t get me wrong: profit is not a dirty word; it’s quick profits I don’t like. Quick profits are fatal for city culture.” What is the future of cities? Why is it important to invest into cities? What changes should…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 5: Wilbert Vonk

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KPN Toren op Zuid: its inventive, experimetal, communicative, celebrating entrepeneurship… and ugly! 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good? It has two personalties… A…

Rotterdam-week 8 questions – 45: Iris Dudok

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Rotterdam is loved by the people that know the city, live in the city, but the image of Rotterdam among outsiders is bad. You’ll have to know the city to really love and appreciate it. How do you describe Rotterdam…