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!

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……

CityPoem 32 – San Juan, Puerto Rico

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A poem posted on a wall in San Juan, Puerto Rico, expressing the poet’s reaction to a graffiti mural painted by an unknown artist.The poem has some plays on words that are hard to translate, so some words below…

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.

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…

Rotterdam Week 8 questions – 6: Jan Willem Vader

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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…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 9: Anton Stapelkamp

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Vice President of a Rotterdam Municipality, Hillegersberg-Schiebroek, 41.000 inhabitants live in Rotterdam since 1966, loves this town.1  How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good?…