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Vancouver modifies with the flow its rules related to urban planning

Vancouver modifies with the flow its rules related to urban planning

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by Olivier Barrellier | 01.31.10

The « EcoDensity » concept of Vancouver, winner of “2009 Award of Excellence in Urbanism” awarded by the Canadian Institute of Urban Planners, has entered its phase of implementation. Gradually, subject by subject, area by area, the city modifies its regulations on urban planning according to a pre-established program that is known from everyone. This is a good example of practical application of major theories regarding green cities.

Beijing wants 50 000 “vélibs”

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by Olivier Barrellier | 01.28.10

A few days ago, Peking authorities announced through the press their willingness to backtrack on the place of cars in their city. The forecasted goal for 2015 is unthinkable for a European: 45% travel by public transportation, 22% by car and 8% by taxi. The proportion of trips by bike, now below 20%, should reach [...]

Five US criteria to grade bike-friendly cities

Five US criteria to grade bike-friendly cities

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by Olivier Barrellier | 01.28.10

“Virgin Vacation”, the travel subsidiary of the eponymous group, has recently published its list of awards regarding cities in which that’s good to ride. This non-exhaustive list is probably influenced by commercial considerations but still based on objective criteria. A way to help local decision makers to think about points to work in order to develop cycle attractiveness of their territory.

Your mobile phone takes part in the noise mapping of your city

Your mobile phone takes part in the noise mapping of your city

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by Stephan Julienne | 01.28.10

Fighting against noise pollution with your mobile phone. It’s exactly the purpose of the Noisetube program implemented by the research laboratories of Sony in Paris. Even as a personal object, your mobile can also work for the good of the community by mapping the noise in your city.

HEQ: dead or alive?

HEQ: dead or alive?

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by Ivan Fouquet | 01.27.10

Things are not that easy for the three letters, that were previously acclaimed by our politicians, green associations, engineers, architects, clients … The HEQ®, High Environmental Quality, which vouches for building ecological virtues is hounded by a fatwa issued not only by anti-ecologists (what remains), but also by the most convinced manufacturers, pioneers of the environmental cause in building.

RecycleBank rewards sorting with voucher coupons

RecycleBank rewards sorting with voucher coupons

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by Olivier Barrellier | 01.27.10

Some French “communautés de communes” already practice incentive charging depending on weight. Their citizens pay the removal of their non-recyclable household waste according to their mass. In the United States, RecycleBank, a private company, provides the exact opposite solution. It weighs recyclable waste and pays people with vouchers or discount coupons. And the formula works! The sorting rate has jumped by several tens of percent in a few months.

Private apartments grouped together for the severely disabled

Private apartments grouped together for the severely disabled

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by Olivier Barrellier | 01.26.10

In France, the estimated number of severely disabled people or aged and infirmed people reaches 5,000, whether disabled at birth or after an accident. The vast majority of them live with their family, and usually ends in a specialized institute or a retirement home. Yet, many of these disabled people dream of living in their own place. Domiciles Ti’Hameau makes it possible with grouped and suitable private appartments, whose occupants share their aids.

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Automatic defibrillators in every buildings

Automatic defibrillators in every buildings

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by Olivier Barrellier | 01.25.10

In France, more than 50,000 persons are the victims of cardiac arrests each year. The survival rate is only 4%. However, it is around 40% in the United States. Why this abyssal gap? First, because American people install defibrillators in public resorts for years, but also because the majority of them are trained in first aid, against 2% of our citizens.

Cleaning of historic buildings: a case of specialists

Cleaning of historic buildings: a case of specialists

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by Olivier Barrellier | 01.25.10

The conservation of our architectural heritage should require a regular maintenance of buildings. But most often, our old buildings are only allowed a thorough clean … every ten years. Augias, a franchise network specialized in cleaning, want to remedy and offer innovative services of cleaning and maintenance specific to historical buildings.

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