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A new orientation table guides users through the maze of La Défense station

A new orientation table guides users through the maze of La Défense station

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by Elsa Sidawy | 04.29.11

On April 8th, the RATP unveiled a digital orientation table in the multimodal station of La Défense, crossed daily by hundreds of thousands of travelers. The idea: to facilitate access to the city and activity hubs and promote awareness of business services to travelers. Following this experimentation, the new type of urban furniture should appear in the halls of the largest stations in the Ile-de-France.

Caroline Shaw

Caroline Shaw

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Founder | Arbalange


The city of Amsterdam wants to reduce by half the surface of its business premises thank to Smart Work Centers

The city of Amsterdam wants to reduce by half the surface of its business premises thank to Smart Work Centers

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by Elsa Sidawy | 04.28.11

Amsterdam aims at reducing by 40% its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, compared to the 1990 levels. The city launched the Amsterdam Smart City programme, which notably includes an original initiative that encourages city employees to go to Smart Work Centers in order to reduce the disastrous effects of daily commutes on their quality of life and on the environment.

In Sydney, an architectural innovation optimizes sun exposure at a university residence

In Sydney, an architectural innovation optimizes sun exposure at a university residence

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by Adrien Geneste | 04.27.11

Sydney breaks records in the sunshine department, but the city also boasts the highest population density in Australia. As in many cities that are seeing their population skyrocket, density poses unimagined public health risks. With this in mind and from an ecological and sustainable standpoint, two architects have created the latest residence hall at Boston University’s Sydney campus.

Savannius: a wind turbine-bench designed to recharge mobile phones in public parks

Savannius: a wind turbine-bench designed to recharge mobile phones in public parks

Environment | No comments

by Elsa Sidawy | 04.26.11

The Japanese designer Hirotaka Matsui invented the first wind turbine-bench. Savannius is a circular bench in the middle of which stands a small turbine generating energy thanks to the wind.

Amanda Mitchell

Amanda Mitchell

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Project manager | Greenest City Planning Vancouver


The cities that are getting on their bikes

The cities that are getting on their bikes

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by Mobilité Durable | 04.26.11

Fighting against the “car only” nature of towns, the bicycle has been gaining constant ground in the urban space since the 1970s. Although in terms of its form, it has evolved little, the bicycle has seen profound change in how it is used in cities.

DinerInspect: choose a restaurant by its health inspection rating

DinerInspect: choose a restaurant by its health inspection rating

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by Adrien Geneste | 04.21.11

Health scandals, defrosting dishes, neglected kitchens . . . If we end up in a restaurant at all, it’s because we want to eat, and if possible avoid food poisoning. In Canada, the application DinerInspect allows diners to learn more about the sanitary condition of a restaurant before they book a table, hopefully pushing unscrupulous restaurateurs to make bigger efforts in the hygiene department.

Suntree: a photovoltaic tree to recharge electric vehicles

Suntree: a photovoltaic tree to recharge electric vehicles

Environment | No comments

by Adrien Geneste | 04.19.11

A solar tree: this is the perfect idea. Meant for urban areas, the attractively designed solar canopy Suntree was first intended for recharging electric vehicles. But its designers also wanted to make it a protean piece of furniture that would meet the needs of demanding users and distance itself from a competitive environment that is becoming fiercer.

Olivier Desmoulins

Olivier Desmoulins

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Founder | Super Marmite


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