Cities attract people.
As a marketplace, as an emancipation machine, as a space to meet the other. Today, half of the world’s population lives in cities. It is predicted that this number will rise to 80% in the thirty years to come. I’m interested in cities. I’m highly interested in how they operate. I want to know what makes them attractive.

We are all migrants.
We all went from a village to the city and after that moved from one city to another. How can cities make us stay? How to keep talented people in? Every company in the world is continuously searching for the best talents to be able to survive in a highly competitive market. Cities have the same obligation to invest in connecting with talent.

Cities as magnets
Not all cities are growing. When lacking the necessary characteristics that bind people to a place, a city shrinks. What can be done to make people prefer your city over other cities? What makes a city a magnet, what makes a city an attractive city? It’s all about identity.

Attractive cities are creative cities.
An attractive city is an ongoing marketplace, where the important goods of a time are on offer. Places where talent finds inspiration. An attractive city has a history: it tells a story through it’s architecture and it’s people. Attractive cities are functioning well: they are green, clean and safe. Creativity, tradition and functionality are all important in making a city attractive.

The learning experience
Creative Cities helps you analyze to make your city attractive. Creative Cities helps you to make public space better. Let the city become a creative and attractive place where people love to live. We help you focus, to find the right course. For Creative Cities every opportunity to go somewhere is a learning experience. In all the places we visit, we talk and we learn. Everywhere, every time, again and again.

5 thoughts on “Is your city attractive enough?

  1. It’s so grateful when i can meet you in dirrect, Mr. Evert Verhagen. Altought im not to talk with you in dirrect, but about your coming to Padang, on workshop of Semen Padang before. It’s great, but yeah im not join to the Workshop, just my friends from Universitas Bung Hatta. Im also like about all of your research about creative city, it as my new experience to know more about history, cause architecture in Padang has so many place can be find. Im also architecture student from University of Bung Hatta, in third years. Nice to meet you, Mr. Evert Verhagen!. Hope to learn more from you for later time!. Im too interest in outside of my country, but i know that, about really of rich about Indonesia is also have more than i know. My pleasure to talk you in indirrect message,im Rony!.

  2. Im also want to study in Outside country, especially in US, Europe, and Japan, many nice place like culture and more peoples can i meet, i just want to learn more problem issues, and worlds has many issues can be find. Mr.Evert Verhagen, im also want to submit for outside country for learn there, but something about my question from my mind is “What is really really can we do for get a project from available place like empty place but has many history from there, im ever join to the one place in Indonesia, there is have a one “People community called as Kampung peoples, they’r like some human lived in one space, has a name, has a family, and has a story board, they’r become as Indonesian from chinese, china, it’s their originally ethnic, but now, i just counfused cause i want to make a research for get them for their legality as my knowledge in Architecture. Mr. Evert Verhagen, what do you think about that?.They have a name, “Kampung Tambak Bayan”. It’s ever to learny by more student from Japan, and some indonesia, i just want to take the condition into my city, Padang. Cause i studied in Padang. Did you ever want to think, when me as student is no more have a spirit for get a chance doing like that?. Im always learn, but never get a final result. Im also need some learning if you want to talk with me sometimes”. My pleasure as student, thanks.

  3. We are living in a wonderful world with wonderful creative people proving that ideals can be realized

  4. Beste meneer Verhagen, ik ben bewoner van de Staatsliedenbuurt en maak onder de noemer KNOOPPUNT TV reportages over buurt en stad. Ik werk momenteel aan een korte documentaire over een onlangs in het Westerpark wegens ziekte gevelde paardenkastanje. In deze documentaire, ‘De Geschiedenis van een Boom’ genaamd, zal aandacht besteed worden aan bomen in de stad in een breder kader (ziekte, kap, herplanting), maar ook is het een aanleiding om de geschiedenis van het Cultuurpark nader te beschouwen. Mijn buurtgenoot Martin Abma draagt bij aan dit project en hij raadde mij aan u uit te nodigen voor een interview. Mocht u daartoe bereid zijn dan hoor ik graag van u.

    Met vriendelijke groet
    Martijn Suurenbroek

    PS Meer informatie over KNOOPPUNT TV vindt u hier:




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