The Fix City | 08.31.10 | Quick Read
In the United States, lack of attention while driving has become the first cause of accidents on the road and 30% of them happen as car drivers are talking or sending messages through their cell phones. Less known are the estimations concerning pedestrians. Crafty ones found a solution by creating applications to protect people who cannot lift their noses from their screens.
by Elsa Sidawy | 08.30.10
The project Locast Travel from the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Mobile Experience Lab is advancing augmented reality and the tourism experience by helping travelers plan their itinerary according to their interests, and making them both producers and consumers of content.
by Matthew Marino | 08.28.10
Service Lab is an online application conceived by the agency USER STUDIO that enables residents of Hauts-de-Garonne to design services for their territory. Introduced last July in Marseille at the LIFT conference France 2010, the application is part of an extensive program of urban renewal and social enterprise undertaken by four cities on the right bank of Bordeaux.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 08.27.10
In Finland, more specifically Helsinki, the artistic collective Länsiväylä playfully tackled Hämeentie, one of the busiest and loudest streets of the capital, asking cyclists to ride on the bustling boulevard after rolling their bike wheels in paint.
Bulletins électroniques | 08.27.10 | Quick Read
The Japanese public works company Taisei has developed an innovative process to revegetate slopes that are susceptible to landslides during rains. The use of old tatami mats both maintains the terrain while vegetation is first developing, and reduces pollution caused from the incineration of tatami mats used to cover the floor of most Nippon homes.
by Elsa Sidawy | 08.25.10
Thanks to the GPS function of the iPhone, the new free application “Rennes en Roue” is helping users of STAR Cycle, the free bike service of Rennes, find their nearest stations, its number of available bikes and e-mail this information to friends.
by Elsa Sidawy | 08.23.10
An apartment overlooking a busy street can quickly become a living hell in big cities, especially since the ban on smoking in bars and restaurants. In Geneva, the nightclub Petit Palace decided to take the lead in initiating a whisperer.
by Elsa Sidawy | 08.23.10
Navibus is the first information system adapted to public transport systems. Withstanding daily commutes; users of public transport are often disoriented when linking different modes of transportation during a single trip. Buses, subways, trams, trains, and coaches can now be equipped with this system helping travelers manage their time and their connections with less stress.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 08.21.10
The mobile library was born thanks to the initiative of a passionate lover of literature. Gabriel Levinson is not quite an angel, but he’s considered in Chicago to be a sort of messiah, who guarantees, in part, the sustainability of neighborhood bookshops with his cheery Bike Book.
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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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