by Elsa Sidawy | 10.29.10
1500 volunteers from the city program CoolRoof recently painted a little less than 100,000 square meters of New York roofing covering 105 buildings white. The goal: to participate in the fight against global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in the city by 2030.
by Elsa Sidawy | 10.28.10
At first glance, Abogo sounds like the slogan of a promotion campaign for public transportation. It actually is a tool that can give an estimate of transportation cost depending on the location of one’s home. It is the result of a study by the American Center For Neighborhood Technology and aims, at a time when many inhabitants find themselves out of their homes, at reducing their housing and transportation budgets.
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In Bundanoon, bottles of water have lost their luster. This Australian village location south of Sydney and with a population of 2,500 has won a battle against the bottler Norlex Holdings who had been eyeing its territory for several years to install a pumping station and sell bottled water.
by Elsa Sidawy | 10.27.10
The 9th edition of the Innovact Campus Awards will take place on the 29th and 30th March in Reims. They are meant to reward innovative projects of young owner-managers or students in various fields.
by Elsa Sidawy | 10.26.10
CiviGuard is a mobile solution allowing people to send real-time alerts and contextual notifications to people concerned by an emergency situation like a bomb scare in a subway station or an earthquake. In the case of a warning made by the authorities, citizens who have the application receive notifications through text messages or e-mails giving them essential information about road maps or directions to take to evacuate the danger zone, depending on where they are.
by Elsa Sidawy | 10.26.10
In a viral video in the manner of candid camera, real policemen appear and, instead of recording the offence and questioning uncooperative cyclists, hand the latter a helmet and give the two-wheeled offenders a most friendly hug.
by Elsa Sidawy | 10.25.10
Public authorities in San Francisco have decided to share their expertise by making the “SF Approved list” available to their citizens via a website that lists over 1,000 green products.
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They combine qualities: they are quiet, green, accessible to all, fun and create jobs… They have been named Vélotrixi in Prague, Cyclobulle in Paris, Cyclopolitain in Lyon, Trixi in Barcelone. All these delivery tricycles have been increasingly in use in western cities since the end of the last century, reminding us of the ineffable Asian rickshaw threading its way through the streets blocked by heavy traffic.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 10.24.10
The Dring 13 website has been developed by the Concert Urbain association in 2008, in order to open discussions and encourage exchanges between the inhabitants of the Olympiades district. The process is extremely simple and perfectly controllable by the generation of those who were almost born with a telephone in their hands.
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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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