by Elsa Sidawy | 03.30.11
Easyli, finalist of the last Grand Prix for Innovation of the City of Paris in the eco-innovation class, has since the beginning of this year offered a range of storage choices for urban use with an innovative approach.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 03.29.11
NFC (Near Field Communication) phones are not common yet despite the enthusiasm of telecommunications companies and the conclusive tests made in certain pioneer cities. Olivier Levy, CEO of StrapMedia, has, for his part, anticipated usages by developing the PocketCity platform, which enables to gather various tourist-oriented services into one NFC media.
by Adrien Geneste | 03.28.11
Seamless, easy movement in urban areas and public places for everyone: this is the goal of Citytak, a young company specializing in signage adapted to people with disabilities.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 03.25.11
The American architecture and design magazine eVolo designated the French workshop CMJN winner of its annual skyscraper design competition.
by Xavier Cadeau | 03.25.11
More and more public or private building construction companies are compelled to take cycling into account and provide users with a secured shelter for their bikes. SenseYou is one of them but its approach is finally quite different, not only because it uses new technologies but also because it takes into account the human aspect of things.
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Le Moniteur | 03.24.11 | Quick Read
Since 1991, the theatre La Gaité Lyrique sat like a ghost house in the heart of Paris’ third arrondissement. Since March 2, 2011, the place has been transformed into a modern public institution dedicated to digital art and contemporary music led by architect Manuelle Gautrand who took over the keys to the theater in 2001.
by Elsa Sidawy | 03.24.11
The Japanese mobile operator DoCoMo has equipped 820 taxis in the Japanese capital with wifi, 100 of those boasting Sony PSP consuls.
by Elsa Sidawy | 03.22.11
On Thursday 17th March, the World e.gov Forum, RSLN (Regards Sur le Numérique: visions of digital technology) and Microsoft France organised a debate-conference on open data: “Open data, what about us?”. Experts, elected representatives and various thought agitators took the floor one after the other to try and answer the questions legitimately raised by this phenomenon, which affects small local authorities as much as States throughout the world.
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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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