by Elsa Sidawy | 03.31.10
Chicken soup can cure all ills. According to mothers and grandmothers of the United States at least. Jean Kimerling took the expression heart and decided to establish a center in the city of Keenewick near Washington where parents can leave their sick children to convalesce in peace.
by Elsa Sidawy | 03.29.10
This is one trip not recommended for those prone to vertigo. Upplev Mer offers tourists a new view of Stockholm from the roofs of its historic buildings. The company organizes tours for quirky or curious tourists in search of thrills and cultural tidbits.
Easymetros is a new solution for those who are tired of torn metro maps, illegible or hidden at the bottom of their purses. This small device allows you to obtain vocally using an LCD screen an itinerary and its estimated journey time.
by Elsa Sidawy | 03.29.10
Her project “The Water Metro” received a star by the Design Observer 2010 in the category “forward-thinking achievement”. Juan Lin, a recent graduate of ENSCI (Ecole Nationale Superieure de Creation Industrielle), is part of a reflection on the problem of transport in big cities. “Today, the transport networks in major cities worldwide are saturated. Faced [...]
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CleanTech Republic | 03.26.10 | Quick Read
Consignment, in the form of trade-ins and buy-backs, is making its way now into the land of electronic goods. The American start-up ecoATM just put on the market an automated “eCycling” machine to retrieve cell phones and their various accessories and eventually all electronic goods.
by Eric Foulon | 03.26.10
Hidden under a bridge in Amsterdam, the Mood Wall is a LED panel of interactive videos that responds to passing pedestrians. The installation is a clever way to illuminate an area dark and a hardly reassuring.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 03.25.10
Have you always wanted to survey a city with a local or have your hands on a tourist map that’s both playful and practical? That’s what the Swiss start-up “A la Carte” proposes: a return to the basics of a tour guide but with a renewed aesthetic. The idea is to accompany the visitor, as if guided by a friend and resident of the city who knows every hidden corner
by Elsa Sidawy | 03.22.10
Imagine that your city offers you to give your opinion about the conversion of the forlorn wasteland down your building. This is an offer made by a London collaborative website for all inhabitants worried about their district conversion.
Bulletins électroniques | 03.19.10 | Quick Read
Will Panolife compete with Google as a new service that allows you to view online a city’s urban landscape? If scientists at the Center for Information Technology at the University of Bremen in Germany have anything to say, the answer could be yes.
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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.
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Is the proliferation of urban innovations counter-productive? While some cities are experimenting with abandon and with no real apparent logic, others have adopted a long-term strategy to combine innovations to serve a smarter, more sustainable city. Jean Haëntjens returns to this forum to talk about how important it is for cities to approach innovation with consistency and control.
And what happens when a public transport network becomes the scene of gigantic team games? Inspired by the principle of Fun Theory, which suggests that environmentally responsible behavior can be encouraged through attractive infrastructure, Chromaroma invites London Underground users to participate in an eco-citizen turf war.
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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.
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Venezuela’s capital Caracas plans to manage its traffic flow in an unusual fashion. In addition to traffic police, 120 mimes dressed up as clowns were sent into the city’s streets. Their role? Curb the risky behavior of pedestrians and drivers, not by force or repression, but through silence.
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May 12International Workshop on Open Data, Nantes, France.
May 12Stockholm Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, Stockholm, Suède.
Toulouse has tackled issues ranging from urban lighting to public cleanliness with experimental innovation often on a shoestring budget, but the results continue to inspire many other cities in France and worldwide. A portrait of a city embracing urban innovation, helped along by the enthusiastic investigator Alexander Marciel, follows.
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