The story of the river Rotte

Highlights of a tour in modern Rotterdam, searching for the location of the old dam the city is named after Rotterdamweek: the story of the river RotteIn Rotterdam one feels the possibilities and promises of the future, as well…

Urban Growth, 1800 – 2030

Throughout history, most human beings have lived in rural areas. But urbanization was rapid throughout the 20th Century. This article is part of the Inspiring Cities open source campaign Help Us Write the 2008 UNFPA Culture Paragraph. How will YOU …

Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA)

The Irish Historic Towns Atlas project was established in 1981 and Anngret Simms is one of the Series Editors. The aim of the project is to record the topographical development of a selection of Irish towns both large and small.…

Walls of Incompetence

Padua, 2006. No need for urban regeneration. Just build a wall! They are the city’s ugly face: the walls of fear, walls of shame, walls of incompetence. What started in Berlin, went on in Belfast and Jerusalem. Very recently, it…

Rotterdam Cut Up: the Soul and Culture of the City

Hans Karssenberg, Jasja Zuidmeer and Jeroen Laven of Inspiring Cities made sure the evening went as arranged. They took care of photos, food and an organised discussion. Erasmus is the most famous of all Rotterdam citizens. However his statue has…