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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

Finding your way to sculptures in public space in Rotterdam

Helpful tips to find your way to a growing collection of permanent and temporary sculptures on public space in Rotterdam. The Netherlands is not a country known for its statues. The oldest existing statue in the Netherlands is the statue…

Amsterdam Bicycle Culture Seen Through San Francisco Eyes

People visiting from abroad notice what you do not notice anymore. Here is an example of Brian from San Francisco in wonder about the Amsterdam bicycle culture. He shot 82 amazing pictures in 73 minutes. “During a 73 minute period…

For Your City’s Daily Emotions: the D-Tower

It is Doetinchem’s most well known and controversial statue: the D-toren (D-tower). It is the first of five modern towers at busy sections in the the city of Doetinchem.Love, Happiness, Fear or Hate The tower is twelve metres tall…

Loch Ness Turns Up on New York Subway

It lifted up Marilyn Monroe’s dress, and it can do so much more. Exhaust air from subway manholes: It makes Joshua Allan Harris’ sleeping creatures come to live each time a subway passes.Each time a subway passes by the…

Flying Grass Carpet

In this spirit of our friends of “parking day” we now have the flying grass carpet. It can be seen in Aachen, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.For more info: www.flyinggrasscarpet.org In Rotterdam the carpet can be admired from June the 28th…

Bryant Park

This summer I visited New York. One of the loveliest surprises the city offered me was Bryant Park located in the heart of Manhattan, situated behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets &…

A Million More Public Spaces

The economy is eating away culture and creates emptiness. “Let’s bring back the vigor, surprise, joy and contagious excitement.” AICP’s founder Anindita Mitra contributes to Inspiring Cities’s UNFPA Culture Campaign. A plea for public spaces. Anindita Mitra is founder of …

Architecture, film and Rotterdam

A city consists of a pallet of buildings, streets, parks, views and enclosed areas. Places that tell a story, bring out emotions, are the stage for urban life. Drive on the van Brienoordbridge in Rotterdam and experience the skyline of…

Bloomsday and James Joyce Hotspots in Dublin

Who does not know what a certain Leopold Bloom did on 16 June 1904 in Dublin? After all, for more than 1,000 pages writer James Joyce accompanies his hero on his confusing wanderings through the city and he does it…

U2 Hotspots In Dublin

U2 was formed in Dublin in 1976. U2 formed in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency. By the mid-1980s, however, the band had released several successful albums and developed a devoted international following, largely from extensive…

Antwerp, CityChromosomes, Culture and New Media

How do we find the Chromosomes of Antwerp and Leeds? How are the dreams of the city brought together? Why is it important to stream books? In a windy and cold Antwerp, mid December, we meet the people behind the…

Antwerp, Books, Poets and Podcasts

A tower declaring its love by a poem to a cathedral. A text message book for and by the city. Beer mats with poems. The Antwerp method to effect people by culture in a very direct way. What is behind…