Inspiring Cities Films

A movie night that links city and film, connected to current themes and events. Every night a film or documentary is shown with an introduction to the film by a guest speaker. The evening is a collaboration between Architecture Film…

Beyond the scope of ruin porn: Why Detroit matters

“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…

Battersea And Bankside: A Tale Of Two Power Stations

This surrealist journey seals the fame of an urban landmark, which had been making regular cinematic appearances since 1936 (including Hitchcock, the Beatles’ ‘Help’ and Monty Python) and was voted second most popular modern building by a score of celebrities…

Inspiring Cities and the Urban Soundscape

The highlights of an Inspiring Cities salon in Rotterdam, June 3rd 2009. There’s a growing interest in the opportunities of using sound in city development. In general sound is treated as a problem. Cars, public transport, events, pubs, schools –…

Inflate your city

A city map on an inflatable ball. Paris, Berlin, London and Barcelona are already available on a globe. Press ball for details.…

SoundCities: Compose Your Own Urban Mix

Pick’n’mix your own sounds from Bilbao to Brazil, from Dresden tot Istanbul, from Ljubljana to San Sebastian. Make a symphony of church bells, urban industrial sounds, sirens from cities all over the world. Soundcities!The Soundcities Database is an online…

From Maizena to Extreme Makeover

I wonder what healing power is ascribed to ‘culture’ in urban renewal strategies. Since the 80s, the value of musea, events and shiny waterfront developments for urban regeneration grew to the attention of policymakers. Even in deprived neighbourhoods, culture is…

The in-between Opera

Underground opera between autobahns. The »raumlabor« from Berlin developed an interesting vision for the transformation of a suburban underground station between the cities of Mülheim and Essen (Ruhr area). A new type of opera will be created within the station…

Paris-Delhi-Bombay: The Tale of Three Cities

From May 2010, a new exhibition called ‘Paris-Delhi-Bombay’ will be traveling these three cities.Startled? The World is shrinking. Surely. The arts, be it music, dance, story-telling, or any other performance that evokes sentiments or emotions in people have always…

Amsterdam gets a City Storyteller

Storytelling has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Now, also cities get their own. Amsterdam appointed Karel Baracs as City Storyteller.After City Poets, a City Rapper, City Composers and a City Philosopher we now also have a…

Strange statues

Statues that make you smile from all over the world. My own contribution to the collection are these two statues I found in Rotterdam and Antwerp. For a big collection of statues that make you smile check out a…

CityPoem 94 – Sao Paulo

Poetry and prose in unusual places in Sao Paulo. City Poems: SESC Show of Arts 2008 (Oct 08-18th) (SESC – Commerce Social Service) A quite unusual show happened in the SESC units in Sao Paulo. Poetry and prose were shown…

The structure of happiness

Inspiring Cities was invited by the European Knowledge Network, a network for European cities to share methods of governance, involving residents in their policies and actions. At their closing conference in Almere, Inspiring Cities organized four Salons on the specific…

CityPoem 93, Amsterdam (3)

We will laugh again. Your star will shine again, Amsterdam The magic will work it’s way again, Amsterdam Spring is drawing near, Amsterdam You will fall in love again, Amsterdam You will move freely again, Amsterdam We will laugh again,…

Arts and culture are outstanding value creators

There are many reasons to introduce arts and culture into a residential area. Now, a research of Jan Brouwer by ABF Culture adds a convincing one: arts and culture and creative industries are the most important causes of higher property…

LED’s take it to the Bridge!

On Sunday 14th of September the Utrecht City Office of Inspiring Cities illuminated the Prins Clausbridge with 200 colored LED-lights.The Prins Clausbridge is probably the most beautiful bridge in Utrecht. However, it is seldom used. People hardly ever walk…

Upside down house

Brasilian architect designs his own housesHave you ever seen a house built upside down? If not, hold your breath and go to Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais state in Brazil. There were built two houses designed by Mr.…

CityPoem 93 – Shanghai

Design of 1995 based on a poem of 815. The famous Bai Yuji’s Pipa Song inspired the Oriental Pearl Tower’s design. The Poem, the Poet and the Tower. CityPoem 93 is from Shanghai.  Foreword by the Poet“In 815,…

CityPoem 92 – Amsterdam (2)

What is the ideal place for a CityPoem? Where do fast moving urbanites take their natural pause? In Amsterdam, city of water, it is by the many bridges.Under the Bridge What is the ideal place for a CityPoem? Where…

New York City Waterfalls

In an extensive programme the city of New York is adding new parks, bicycle and foot paths and even a floating pool to reclaim the waterfronts that had been lost to cars in the last decades. Four huge man-made waterfalls…

Guerilla Moss Graffiti

We would like to add a new guerilla tactic to our collection: Guerrilla Moss Graffiti. Photo webponce Artist Anna Garforth applies moss graffiti, or messenger, as she likes to call it, in a formal art project in Stokey near North…

CityPoem 91 – Utrecht (2)

In a small street just outside the old city center of Utrecht, The Netherlands, this short inspiring poem recreates the feeling of wondering the streets on a warm spring day.Poem by Virginie Driesen: een straat in de zon en…