by Jean-Christophe Champeil | 06.30.10
Numerous methods have been tested to make these somewhat too teeming birds flee, to control or else eradicate them. The most effective still remains the contraceptive pigeon house, as a sustainable alternative, according to Jean-Christophe Champeil, head of Development Department at Augias Propreté.
by Elsa Sidawy | 06.29.10
Designed to be installed at every street corner like any bottle bank, the Ecobox project aims at rewarding responsible citizens. This slot machine would swallow up all kinds of recyclable objects, from glass bottles to aluminium cans, and deliver an aromatic plant to the generous donor in return.
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by Gregory Sant | 06.29.10
Lyonnaise Waste Water is offering a local heating solution called “Blue Degrees”, which recovers energy from wastewater in the sewers through a heat exchanger that acts as a refrigerator in reverse. The system captures and increases the heat of the wastewater between 12 and 20 ° C. When the water reaches 50 to 70 ° C, it is evacuated to heat surrounding buildings.
by Elsa Sidawy | 06.28.10
Today the importance of introducing children to environmental conservation is recognised, yet we do not fully acknowledge what is at stake in their becoming aware of such an issue in urban areas. It all started in 1995, during the “Rencontres du cadre de ville” (urban living environment meetings), organised by students in Architecture in the Lyon area, who did not agree with the ongoing reform of their curriculum.
by Antoine Maudinet | 06.27.10
“Super Tree”, “giant lung”, appropriate qualifiers abound. A more modest moniker would be hard to come by for this machine 5 meters high and 3 wide, a genuine artificial forest, alone responsible for cleaning the air of Lima, the Peruvian capital ranked among the world’s 15 most polluted cities.
by Elsa Sidawy | 06.25.10
The city of Brighton, famous for being a very popular seaside resort in England, launched a geolocalisation application exclusively dedicated to pedestrians. Available on iPhone and iPod Touch, WalkBrighton offers pedestrians a 3D discovery of the city down to the smallest detail.
Mobilité durable | 06.25.10 | Quick Read
In most cities of the world, phone booths have been outstripped by mobile phone tools and abandoned by people at large. These installations quickly become obsolete, so much so that their presence becomes useless in certain places. The Telekom Austria company found a way to give a second life to some of them.
by Elsa Sidawy | 06.24.10
After pigeons, the problem of urine pouring out on public highways is the other great plague of public health in cities, particularly in the ones that have developed nightlife. The problem might seem incidental or even insignificant if it did not have a real impact both socially speaking and in terms of image for city councils.
by Elsa Sidawy | 06.22.10
Tokyo! After the ranking of the most agreeable cities to live in, ECA, a British company, published its study on the cost of living in 400 cities across the globe. And it’s Japan’s Tokyo that leads, followed by three other Japanese cities (Nagoya, Yokohama, and Kobé) in the first pack of ten.
by Chris Phillips | 06.22.10
Navigating unfamiliar territory can be tricky, luckily in this modern age we have many devices that can assist us in getting to our destination. In car GPS navigation is great, but what if you are traveling by foot? TamTam Flash, a new concept from Designaffairs Studio, seeks to prevent walking tourists from ever getting lost again.
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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.
May 9 to 11Energy Cities annual meeting, Guimarães, Portugal.
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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