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by Elsa Sidawy | 07.29.11
European cities are under supervision. Initiated by the city of Bayonne, the Links project, part of the European programme URBACT, is designed to find ways to combine historical cities’ ancient heritage with sustainable development challenges.
by Adrien Geneste | 07.28.11
In order to encourage users to take its brand new tramway, the Murcia (Spain) city council, launched an innovative initiative offering people to have access to this means of transport for free and for life.
by Adrien Geneste | 07.27.11
Inaugurated on May 6th in Toulouse, and designed with the aim of encouraging a society of responsible consumption, the Sol-Violette, the new ethical local currency, is already making waves.
by Elsa Sidawy | 07.25.11
Local authorities of Périgueux are currently working on an original document designed for inhabitants of the Périgord and tourists: a map showing the “cool places” where you can go in case of a heatwave.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 07.22.11
Since 1999, the city of Rennes has been working to construct a 3D model of the city. Today, the project Forward to the Past is a 3D model of Rennes which users can navigate through time and space using their very own body.
by Elsa Sidawy | 07.21.11
After BuitenBeter in The Netherlands, Fix my Street in England and Léon in France, the firm Pixel Iris is now providing “Le problème de ma rue” (The problem in my street) web platform and iPhone application, which enable citizens concerned about their environment to note down the problems that have occurred on public highways and inform the appropriate local service.
by Elsa Sidawy | 07.19.11
See the heart of cities of the world through their inhabitants’ or tourists’ eyes. Thanks to a great number of 60-second videos made by artists, the City One Minute website enables us to discover urban life in hundreds of cities by choosing a time of the day.
Thirty years from now, almost 5 billion people will be living in about thirty megalopolises. This is why the city of the future represents everyone’s fears and raises legitimate questions. The prospective report “Cities of the future, future of cities”, made by Senator Jean-Pierre Sueur, questions tomorrow’s cities. Here is a quick introduction to Sueur’s report, which presents a summary of the challenges that we will have to take up in future and an outline of the envisaged solutions.
Servir le public | 07.18.11 | Quick Read
In Lyon, a company that manages parking garages wanted to create a positive environmental impact for structures that have many negative ones. Lyon Parc Auto thus introduced a novel method to make use of the water pumped under its underground parking lots.
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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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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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