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Imagina: a show dedicated to 3D technology designed for firms and local authorities

Imagina: a show dedicated to 3D technology designed for firms and local authorities

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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.

Laurent Frisch

Laurent Frisch

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Marketing director | PagesJaunes


Urban trends in 2011

Urban trends in 2011

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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.

“Là pour toi” (Here for you) gives La Défense fever

“Là pour toi” (Here for you) gives La Défense fever

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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.

Bus seats in supermarkets to encourage people to use public transportation

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by Elsa Sidawy | 02.24.11

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.

Guilhem Chéron

Guilhem Chéron

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Founder | La ruche qui dit oui !


Signage to help locate buses lost in a queue

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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 [...]

The history of the electric vehicle: a long development process

The history of the electric vehicle: a long development process

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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.

A SMS to inform users of real-time bus schedules

A SMS to inform users of real-time bus schedules

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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.

The Code of the street, a new way of experiencing the city

The Code of the street, a new way of experiencing the city

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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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International Workshop on Open Data, Nantes, France.

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Stockholm Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, Stockholm, Suède.