An initiative that might disappoint those advocating walking for daily physical activity, the university of Munich in Germany has installed in its hall two impressive slides that carry students down three floors in a few seconds. There are entry-points to the slides on every floor with a final exit on the ground floor. Management argues it enhances the lives of students. In any case, this playful innovation has won a bit of publicity for the Bavarian university. One less excuse for arriving late to class.
15.07.11 | Urban Music Game’s enhanced ball
Robert Spizzichino | Partenaires Développement
Urbanism | 12.16.11
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.
Jean Haëntjens | Urbatopie
Social | 09.08.11
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.
London’s transport system is transformed into a massive playground
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.
Urbanism | 01.05.12
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.
Education | 11.07.11
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.
Innovative city zoom
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.