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Our Committee promotes cooperation, mutual understanding, and friendship between the citizens of Baltimore in Maryland, U.S.A. and Rotterdam in The Netherlands.

Rotterdam skyline with Erasmus Bridge and Kop van Zuid

Twin Cities

Baltimore and Rotterdam are both modern cities, because of historical events.  Rotterdam’s central city district was destroyed at the beginning of World War II.  Faced with the task of rebuilding the city, Rotterdam chose to embrace the future rather than to resurrect the past - becoming a showplace for modern architecture in Europe.  The city center of Baltimore was destroyed in 1904 by the Great Fire. So both cities were built from the ground up during the 20th century. 

Rotterdam and Baltimore have approximately the same geographical and population size. These two cities have in common a deep maritime history, large port operations in estuarine waters, and both are home to prestigious universities, medical schools, world-class museums and other cultural institutions, and burgeoning tech/startup scenes. They share many of the issues and opportunities common to many large, modern cities with diverse populations.

Baltimore Inner Harbor skyline

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Baltimore-Rotterdam Architecture Exchange Fundraiser

Buy a gift & help send students to Rotterdam!


Buy a fun gift from our store and help send Morgan State University architecture students from Baltimore to Rotterdam! Profits go towards their travel costs.

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Annual Maryland Global Gala

Wednesday Dec 5, 2018

International networking event hosted by Baltimore’s World Trade Center Institute (WTCI). Stop by our Baltimore Sister Cities table at this event!

Time: 3:30-7pm
Location: Columbus Center (IMET), 701 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

More info and tickets

Unravel the Code

Unravel the Code

MICA Student exhibition

Unravel the Code is a digital fabrication course that is co-taught by Baltimore’s MICA and Rotterdam’s Willem de Kooning Academie each year.

Exhibition: Dec 12, 2018 - Jan 25, 2019
Opening reception: Dec 12, 2018 at 6-8:30pm
Location: Open Works, 1400 Greenmount Avenue, Baltimore MD 21202

About this course

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