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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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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May 12International Workshop on Open Data, Nantes, France.
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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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