by Yaël Landau | 02.28.11
At the start, Imagina was a computer-generated image festival but it has now evolved into becoming a major show for 3D technology targeting firms and local or regional authorities.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 02.25.11
As we begin a new year already rich in innovation, the business trend forecasters Trendwatching London has scoured the world to track down current and future trends. A quick zoom in on those that will impact the city in 2011, unveiled as part of this prospective yearly study.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 02.24.11
A pinch of Facebook and a dose of Foursquare: mix it all up and you will get “Là pour toi”, the new hyperlocal social network of La Défense, of which purpose is to bring some life to a business district that is often seen as a soulless ant hill. For the agency Le Hub, which created this new service, fun is a key element in the bringing together of inhabitants, employees and firms in La Défense.
The Canadian town of Rimouski, aiming at optimising its communication budget, decided to put bus seats in various unusual places throughout the town in order to communicate on its new public transportation service, Citébus.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 02.21.11
Designer Park Chae-Woo and Kim Tae-Eun, the 2010 Red dot award winners in the category Public Spaces, devised a simple way for users to locate their bus when lost in a sea of other buses, as is often the case in terminal stations. Folding Plate, the name of their invention, imitates the colorful plate numbers [...]
by Mobilité Durable | 02.18.11
The history of the electric car over the past century is like a succession of missed opportunities and aborted attempts. After having cradled the automotive industry in its early days, it was very quickly pushed aside to make way for the thermic-engined vehicle. This latter was more efficient, participating in the automotive industry’s increased popularity. Although the electric car was pushed to the fringes of the market, its credibility has resurfaced at certain moments in history, such as during the war or the oil crises.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 02.17.11
Though Franck Bellaiche does not hold grudges, he nevertheless has a good memory. He remembers having seen his bus drive past him several times in his youth and helplessly waited for the next one, at a time when flashcodes and other transportation applications did not exist. Twenty years later, this businessman developed his own project, which consists in providing users with real-time bus schedules through SMS, for free.
Le Moniteur | 02.16.11 | Quick Read
The code of the street is to pedestrians what the code of the road is to motorists. While most users now accept the latter, the former, still under-acknowledged, will soon be a force to be reckoned with.
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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.
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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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