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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.29.11
Rise and walk! This literary injunction sums up the comments made by the contributors to the conference “Developing walking in cities: pedestrian mobility, health and safety,” organised by the Certu on September 15th in Paris, right in the middle of the European Mobility Week. Excellent for health and environment, as much as for corner shops, walking gradually fits in urban transport and town-planning policies, like any other means of public transport.
by Elsa Sidawy | 09.28.11
What about going out for a walk in Paris depending on the level of pollution? It is now possible thanks to the “Votre air” (“Your air”) application prototype launched during the Futur en Seine festival last June.
by Elsa Sidawy | 09.28.11
The principle developped by CitéGreen is to reward the most virtuous actions: dumping one’s dangerous waste in waste reception centres, encouraging car sharing or car-pooling to get around, choosing a provider that promotes renewable energy sources or even sorting one’s packaging materials better.
by Adrien Geneste | 09.26.11
Lean de vie is an innovative start-up offering a new vision of medicine. With the saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” as a course of action to develop solutions favouring good behaviours and prevention, Professor Raoul Ghozlan and Doctor Corinne Ghozlan have emphasised a proactive health approach.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.23.11
An opportune moment? We’ll have to wait until Paris’ Fête du Vélo to view this first project by the city of Paris as part of its call for Intelligent Street Furniture. This next generation bike stand allows eight bikes to be parked protected from the elements in triangular boxes staggered along the curbside lane.
by Elsa Sidawy | 09.22.11
It’s hard to make one’s voice heard in the midst of Mobility Week while all transport actors are vying for the stage. Veolia Transdev offers travelers with a smartphone access every day to a part of the serial thriller by Pierre Lemaitre, Les Grands Moyens.
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La Dépêche | 09.22.11 | Quick Read
For the past few years, Toulouse has been churning out experiments thanks to the driving force of Alexandre Marciel, the deputy mayor in charge of lighting and urban logistics. Often cited as a model for cities lacking inspiration, it remains to be shown that these experiments can become long-lasting innovations that will actually be used by inhabitants.
by Reinier Evers | 09.21.11
There are many ways a country can promote itself to the rest of the world, including job contests and networks of virtual ambassadors. It wasn’t until just recently, however, that we came upon the likes of Singapore Takeout, a pop-up kitchen in a shipping container that’s traveling the world to promote Singaporean cuisine.
by Elsa Sidawy | 09.19.11
In the United States, Minneapolis is a cycling city par excellence. To help keep the later riding high a local company has invented the Bike Fixtation, a self-service kiosk dedicated to non-motorized two-wheelers.
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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.
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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