by Adrien Geneste | 06.28.11
From the 23rd to the 29th of this past April, as part of the World Book and Copyright Day, the hallways and platforms of the Mexico City metro reverberated with the verses of more than 40 Hispanic poets.
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35 to 40 minutes: this is the length of time within which IBM prides itself to be able to predict traffic jams. While until now, traffic maps usually displayed traffic flows in real time, the American firm is using both mobile phones and fixed sensors to anticipate traffic jams even before they happen.
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by Adrien Geneste | 06.24.11
Like the London application Streetmuseum, ParisAvant enables tourists to discover the capital through old photographs and postcards, playing with all the possibilities of augmented reality. Developed by the creators of the tourist application Geoquestour, in partnership with the website ParisAvant, the application is available from now on the AppStore.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 06.23.11
Favoured by a historical and natural heritage that has made it famous, the city of Fontainebleau could do without thinking about its ecological conversion. But the city council wishes, on the contrary, to become an open-air laboratory to experiment innovative solutions.
by Elsa Sidawy | 06.22.11
While in Madrid on the Puerta del Sol, a visitor carefully listens and relives the events of spring. Soon reality overtakes imagination. Throughout the development of Clamor (Clameurs), the application’s founders have asserted its cultural and social impact. Record or listen to sounds on the move. Relive moments in history, share feelings about a situation or recommend places of interest to the community, all via smartphone.
by Jeroen Beekmans | 06.21.11
These days lots and lots of artistic projects are aimed at improving human interaction in public space. Montréal’s Museum of Possibilities (Musée des Possibles) is such a project, but a special one, that seems to be a physical life-sized version of the recently featured online crowdsourcing project Give a Minute.
by Adrien Geneste | 06.21.11
Opening yet another market in the insecurity sector, Ephemeris Entertainment announced the official launching of its free application called “BeSafe!” and meant to evaluate the level of insecurity according to time and place.
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by Adrien Geneste | 06.17.11
Bike helmets? Urban cyclists tend to go without head protection, often claiming helmets are just too cumbersome. Because bike helmets cannot be easily stored or even left hanging on a bike during the day, many cyclists, often forgot security in favor of practicality. In order to address this alarming finding, Overade, created a foldable helmet that has passed all crash tests.
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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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