by Adrien Geneste | 05.31.11
The New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on February 22nd the launch of a program incorporating QR codes, short for quick response, on all building permits issued by the city.
by Elsa Sidawy | 05.27.11
In October 2000, the Quebecois city of Victoriaville established a taxibus system, offering individualized public transport that corresponds to each user’s real needs. More flexible than classic transport route development, this initiative has won over many other municipalities.
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Cleantech Republic | 05.26.11 | Quick Read
Is the conventional photovoltaic doomed? Faced with an industry beset by French regulations and all kinds of moratoria, new technologies are emerging, following the example of solar concentrators, lead in France by the young start-up Heliotrop.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 05.24.11
The web has the priceless virtue of having helped democratize monetary exchange between individuals. Small lenders can now invest in projects that might have limited appeal to traditional banking institutions but speak to their hearts and heads. The intermediation platform Friendsclear developed using this crowd funding principle, is geared mostly to entrepreneurs, micro-businesses, and even individuals in career transition.
by Elsa Sidawy | 05.24.11
The startup Saabre launched on May 9th the first community supported charging station locator for electric vehicles in France.
by Adrien Geneste | 05.23.11
The Strasbourg association Creative Democracy (Démocratie Créative) was created in 2008 to promote in the streets artists that did not have the opportunity to exhibit in galleries. Today, the project is re-imagining the city and designing participatory and experimental ways that allow people to reconnect with their environment.
Strategy Advisor Low Carbon Urban policies | Amsterdam Smart City program
« The city of Amsterdam wants to reduce by half the surface of its business premises thank to Smart Work Centers »
Cleantech Republic | 05.20.11 | Quick Read
To lesson the number of cars on the road, there was carpooling. In Ireland, the start-up Avego has launched with great fanfare Avego Driver, an application that links drivers and passengers in real time, thus inventing dynamic carpooling.
by Adrien Geneste | 05.19.11
Among people 65 years and older, more than one in three are victims of at least one fall every year, which sometimes results in a debilitating loss of mobility. A team of French and Dutch designers creating elegant and non-stigmatizing objects has launched an innovative self-supporting cane called “Tango.”
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For sure if we aim to change our habits, urban areas have to be equipped in such a way the citizen don't feel like constrained in their everyday life.
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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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