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Friday 18 April 2014

Rotterdam’s Crowd-Funded Pedestrian Bridge

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by Jeroen Beekmans | 01.05.12

The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) and Rotterdam-based architecture firm ZUS have launched the project I Make Rotterdam, a spectacular temporary pedestrian bridge between the city’s Central and the North districts that will be financed through crowd-funding.

Rennes wants to get its inhabitants involved in social issues

Rennes wants to get its inhabitants involved in social issues

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by Elsa Sidawy | 12.29.11

The queen of digital technology. This is how the capital of Brittany, which shows great dynamism in terms of participative democracy, could be described.But, to meet the challenge of remaining innovative, the metropolitan area is showing infinite inventiveness, especially in the field of civic participation in the life of the city.

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Pessac equips its home aids with NFC phones

Pessac equips its home aids with NFC phones

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by Suzanne Galy | 12.28.11

Since October, home aids of the town of Pessac have been equipped with NFC-enabled mobile phones. This non-contact tool allows them to receive and transmit to CCAS, in real-time, information related to their daily missions. The mayor hopes to improve the management of welfare payments.

I-Dispo, a concierge service to book appointments online

I-Dispo, a concierge service to book appointments online

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by Elsa Sidawy | 12.23.11

Time is money. The founders of I-Dispo had this in mind when they launched an online concierge service for private individuals. The objective of this new online service is to help users better organise their schedules by enabling them to book a service or organise their appointments online. And this, with the help of a computer, a tablet or a Smartphone connected to the Internet.

Cityzen Mobility: the shared taxi with a social mission

Cityzen Mobility: the shared taxi with a social mission

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by Julien de Labaca | 12.22.11

In late October, Cityzen Mobility launched its shared taxi service in Paris dubbed “Alpha Travel.” The goal? Pool taxi rides to reduce costs for passengers. Alongside its public launch, the young company will create a service to benefit seniors: savings made from the shared rides will go to fund “Senior Mobility,” a social transportation service designed to help isolated and low income seniors get around.

Participatory Democracy: Bordeaux consults its citizens online

Participatory Democracy: Bordeaux consults its citizens online

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by Elsa Sidawy | 12.18.11

A new tram line, the redevelopment of a neighborhood, water policy . . . Since 2008 Bordeaux residents have been invited to comment on regional projects, big and small, on a dedicated website. The Urban Community of Bordeaux took advantage of the launch of a major project, the Jean-Jacques Bosc Garonne River crossing, to initiate this innovative citizen consultation platform.

Greater Geneva: an economic and social project at the heart of innovation

Greater Geneva: an economic and social project at the heart of innovation

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by Robert Spizzichino | 12.16.11

The Greater Geneva project represents an economic and social challenge for that area spanning France and Switzerland. The aim is to set in motion again a process that will stimulate job creation in the French part and strengthen residential services in the Swiss part. Innovative activities should find their place in that territory.

Paris’ Autolib’ has a smooth start

Paris’ Autolib’ has a smooth start

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by Elsa Sidawy | 12.13.11

Before international journalists and local officials, the service Autolib’ was launched Monday, December 5th near Châtelet, four years after the inauguration of the now famous Vélib. Indeed, the latter model inspired the city and the group Bolloré to launch this system of self-service electric cars.

Innovation Grand Prizes: betting on the future

Innovation Grand Prizes: betting on the future

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by Elsa Sidawy | 12.12.11

To reward the winners of the tenth Paris City Council Innovation Grand Prizes, the jury met one evening in the Palais Brongniart auditorium in Paris. On December 1st, five start-ups were thus in the spotlight of the innovation ecosystem.

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