by Elsa Sidawy | 01.31.11
Utilisacteur and Innov’ in the City are asking readers to participate in a rather particular debate. During the next few weeks, readers are invited to give their opinion on the self-service bicycle networks in their city by posting one or more ideas via Twitter.
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For the visually impaired, reading pocket-sized plans of the metro can be next to impossible. Almost as trying as navigating labyrinths of tunnels several meters underground. The project iDact utilizes the iPad’s touch screen interface to help the visually impaired prepare their journeys at home, ahead of time.
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Intel and a californian association have partnered to develop sensors for mobile phones capable of measuring particulate pollutants emitted by cars and industries.
by Elsa Sidawy | 01.26.11
Dirty floors, poor lighting, unkempt gardens … The city of Mérignac launched a new online service offering people the opportunity to report problems encountered in the public sphere, and pinpoint the concerned areas on a map.
by Elsa Sidawy | 01.26.11
“What would encourage you to walk, bike or take the CTA (Chicago Transport Authority) more often?” Chicagoans were invited to respond to questions about city services and public life in the Windy City. Buses, subways and public spaces: the campaign was posted in multiple venues to encourage travelers to tackle the thorny issue of improving transport conditions. More broadly, this campaign is an ambitious first attempt to encourage public participation in the United States.
by Elsa Sidawy | 01.25.11
Garish lights, torn magazines, uncomfortable seats, such is the lackluster picture of conventional laundromats, a place where urbanites try hard not to linger. A few entrepreneurs smelling opportunity, and washing machine and detergent manufacturers concerned about their public image, are opening alternative laundromats where users can do their laundry while sipping tea and reading a book.
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by Gregory Sant | 01.23.11
Unlike traditional information boards whose paper flyers are haphazardly tacked up, Public Post is a new generation of bulletin board. Beyond the written word, this electronic whiteboard can broadcast images and videos, facilitating the dissemination of information, written and image-based, to readers.
by Elsa Sidawy | 01.21.11
Experiential marketing is making its way into public transportation. In the Netherlands, people sitting on the bench of a Rotterdam bus shelter immediately see their weight displayed on the inner panel.
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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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