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…

Eight Questions for Ino Paap, Mediamatic Amsterdam

Ino Paap is one of the founders of Mediamatic. We interviewed him about the 8 EPC questions.Which city do you see as the nicest/best city that you know? What are its most important aspects that make it so good?…

Adriana Barbosa on cities and culture

The cities are the targets for the climate change and Brazil seems not to be prepared to deal with it. Adriana Barbosa is a 36 years old architect and Urban Designer. She took her graduate studies  at Universidade Mackenzie where…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 49: Jacques van Heijningen

When you drive with your car and pass the van Brienenoordbridge, you are happy to be almost home. Inspiring Cities interviewed Jacques van Heijningen. Jacques van Heijningen is the director of the Rotterdam Fund for Film and Audiovisual media. He…

Márcia de Campos Strobino on cities and culture

Culture created the city and the city created the culture. One couldn’t exist without the other. Marcia is a 40 year-old Brazilian civil engineer who works with civil constructions for 17 years. She had lived in the US for some…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 48: Orhan Kaya

The diversity in Rotterdam is a strength, that we are a leading intercultural city.How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries? What are the qualities of the city? Why are they so good? Rotterdam is a modern…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 47: Wanda Waanders

I am glad there is a project to transform the ‘Grotekerkplein’and I hope this historical heart of the city will regain it’s charm again. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the…

Rotterdam-week 8 questions – 45: Iris Dudok

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…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 44: Ina Klaassen

Rotterdam is the most “un-Dutch” and diverse city of 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 most “un-Dutch” and diverse…

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…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 42: René Hanssens

Water is the soul of Rotterdam. I would bring my friends to the Lloyd’s Quarter. A surprising mix of old and new. It shows water, our maritime and trading history. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries.…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 41: Johan Moerman

Rotterdam is vibrant international port city with a flourishing cultural life. Rotterdam is open to the world, looking forward, driven by ideas about the future. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 40: Thieu Knibbeler

Culture is Rotterdam. Culture in people’s background, culture in doing things, culture in making things. Culture is the chain that keeps the city together. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 39: Pauline de Vries

For me personally, Rotterdam is too small, I prefer bigger cities with more options, more variety, and more quality. Also, the city wants too much at the same time and is too much in a hurry to achieve it. 1.…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 38: Tom Boot

Being a real working city, cultural live isn’t on the forefront in Rotterdam. That didn’t prevent Rotterdam from creating a divers cultural climate. This makes Rotterdam a real city.1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries?…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 37: Mai Elmar

A drive up the Maasboulevard after dusk showing the glittering river with the shimmering sky-line. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good? Rotterdam World…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 36: Jeanette van der Does

Rough, windy and unfinished. Rotterdam offers a lot of space for creative minds and gold diggers.1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good? Rough,…

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 – 34: Mare de Campos

Rotterdam is nice because it is “flat”, “green”, secure and because people makes it interesting. I loved hanging around by bike over there… feeling the wind beating my face every day. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 33: Sandra Kruin

Rotterdam is not an open-air museum like other cities. You come for a purpose; you don’t come just for a stroll. It would be nice if there were more possibilities where people could visit for no reason and stay longer…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 32: Wieteke ten Horn

The soul is in Rotterdam Zuid, Afrikaanderplein and Beijerlandselaan in summer. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good? Rotterdam is second big city in…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 29: Lennert Goemans

I think Rotterdam lacks the atmosphere and image of a metropole.1. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good? It’s a city with a waterfront;…