by Bernard Rivalta | 08.31.11
Last Monday, August 29th, Lyon’s bus network turned a new page in its history. The Greater Lyon Public Transit, the largest French network after Paris, restructured its entire bus network overnight, literally.
by Elsa Sidawy | 08.31.11
Last spring the Oxylane network, comprised of companies specializing in sporting goods, launched the b’Twin lab in order to stimulate innovation in cycling.
by Elsa Sidawy | 08.29.11
Launched by the SAS Men & Co, “Le mini réseau” is a local social network designed for pupils’ parents who want to share with other parents and their children’s teachers via short messages.
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by Suzanne Galy | 08.29.11
Thanks to its three-dimensional virtual reality platform, Clic3D mixes heritage discovery with a new advertising space for local economic actors. NaviNum is an RFID badge offering personalised visits and producing usage data that, once they have been analysed, can prove useful for targeted marketing. These two achievements – made in the Aquitaine region – are offering innovative economic models for e-tourism.
Coordinator of the LINKS project | City of Bayonne
« The European project Links: for sustainable and attractive urban centres »
by Elsa Sidawy | 08.26.11
Consider a city’s citizens the best contributors of innovative ideas at the local level. That’s the community project Neighborland’s belief in a nutshell. Although a seemingly simple platform, the ambition gives policy makers the keys to creating a harmonious and united city, driven by committed citizens.
by Bruno Caillet | 08.24.11
The public data release movement should help us transform our territories into more democratic spaces and create a more open, transverse and efficient public service…However this prospect too often becomes an objective in itself, giving way to technical issues concerning the provision of released data while economic issues and underlying political stakes are being neglected in a way that seems completely unjustified.
The Independent | 08.22.11 | Quick Read
The new means of transport in Amsterdam is rather cool. The first sky blue amphibious bus “Floating Dutchman”, which can be driven on the road and literally dive into the town centre canals, is an original initiative aiming at offering transit passengers at Schiphol airport to discover the city within a short length of time.
Founder | Babeldoor
« Babeldoor, a diverse new crowd funding platform »
by Elsa Sidawy | 08.18.11
The Science and Technology Committee of the House of Lords published on May 25th a report on public procurement as a tool to stimulate innovation.
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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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