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by Elsa Sidawy | 07.30.10
Mannvit Engineering has been chosen by the Hungarian cities of Miskolc and Szentlörinc to implement an urban thermal heating system. It will have a power of 40 MWth in Miskolc, one of the biggest cities in the country, with around 200,000 inhabitants.
by Elsa Sidawy | 07.29.10
Cities cover less than 1% of the earth’s surface. Yet they are inhabited by 50% of the world’s population, which unsurprisingly greatly increases their carbon footprints. Since 2006, experts from the Internet Business Solutions Group at Cisco have launched, along with the Clinton Global Initiative, the Connected Urban Development program with the goal of reducing emissions of the world’s largest cities.
by Elsa Sidawy | 07.28.10
Since May 2009, Aubagne in the Rhone delta made public transport free for all. This social innovation required a strong political will but was especially allowed thanks to the increase in the Payment Transport. Discussion with Andre Sinet, deputy mayor of Aubagne in charge of transport.
by Elsa Sidawy | 07.28.10
Orange and the Château of Versailles have joined forces to develop multimedia tours that cover the opulent grounds of Le Nôtre. In October 2009, 200 users first tested their new application “Versailles Gardens” developed for the iPhone.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 07.27.10
Julia has just been stolen of her horse and goes explore the Bresse countryside with her two friends, in search of her faithful battle steed. The young heroes go through the most famous places in the area and meet picturesque characters. Here is for the story framework. As for the pictures, they are inspired from the manga universe.
by Rémy Lombard | 07.26.10
“Many resources are invested in mobility. Although we rarely ask the question whether they are being truly utilized”, explains Christian Werderer, director of the agency Inx. Given this discrepancy, the firm has developed the Inx mobile observatory, with the organization Pôle Véhicule du futur. The observatory hopes to understand mobility in its fundamental sense for members of the public and private sector.
by Elsa Sidawy | 07.25.10
The Improv Everywhere organization, familiar with spectacular actions in the New York public space, has just invented the “tourist lane” or how to create a surprise in a megalopolis where pedestrians often walk at high speed.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 07.23.10
Both a public bench and an electric charger for common small devices, the Sun Station has the advantage of supplying free energy in all exterior public places, like bus stops or parks. The advantage for the community is therefore social, economic and also ecological.
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For sure if we aim to change our habits, urban areas have to be equipped in such a way the citizen don't feel like constrained in their everyday life.
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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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