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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 […]

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 […]

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“Guard Rails” & “Naked Streets”?

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How do we get rid of those awful guard rails?Guard Rails and Naked Streets, those were the buzzwords of the 11th Annual Quality Streetscapes Conference in London, 3 May 2006. An inspiring conference.The question: how do we get rid…

Hot Spots and Street Art in Istanbul

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Some shots on art and cultural hotspots in Istanbul.Istanbul 2010In 2010, Istanbul will be the European Capital of Culture (along with Pécs in Hungary and Essen in Germany). See the Istanbul 2010 website for details, and a huge…

CityPoem 80 – Rotterdam (7)

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A poem on the Children’s Clinic of the Sophia Kinderziekenhuis. Photo: Wouter Spoor Rotterdam CityPoem: Daylight, Judith Herzberg This is a poem on the wall, near the famous Rotterdam Erasmus Bridge, of which the top can just be seen at…

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Rotterdam week 8 questions – 35: Ron Spreekmeester

“Stadsluft macht frei, aber nicht 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? These are different questions. I would describe Rotterdam to my…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 43: Bas Akkers

Rotterdam is the only real modern city in The Netherlands. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good? Rotterdam is the only real modern city in…

Jacqueline Vermaat: New York and other ant hills

Jacqueline Vermaat works for dS+V, the housing and planning department of the city of Rotterdam. She is head of the housing section. Jacqueline is also a notorious traveler to countries and cities all over the world. So she knows her…