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by Elsa Sidawy | 10.28.11
“When you talk about carpooling in a company, 90% of the employees run the other way.” For Benoît Reynaud-Lacroze, prejudice against carpooling is fierce. The most crippling aspect of carsharing? Having uncertainty as to how to get home. A negative that the start-up Ville Fluide is trying to remedy with GéoCar, a solution for commuting between home and work.
by Elsa Sidawy | 10.28.11
Over the past year, a sightseeing bus of a new genre has emerged in New York. Passengers who board “The Ride” must prepare for a new experience. While comfortably sitting on seats facing a huge window, they can, as in a theater, enjoy the various shows available to them along their journey through the Big Apple.
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On Saturday 15th October 6,000 inhabitants from four areas of Romainville were present at the inauguration of the first vacuum waste collection service in France. In total, 106 collection points have been installed at the foot of buildings in order to collect the household waste and recyclable packaging from these 2,602 apartments.
by Elsa Sidawy | 10.24.11
In order to find a solution to this everyday problem, students from the University of Belgrade invented the Strawberry Tree after two years of research. Installed in the Obrenovac public park in October 2010, the device enables users to charge their mobile phones for free within ten to fifteen minutes.
by Adrien Geneste | 10.24.11
Designed by Michael Shoner, a German architect, and exhibited for the first time in 2008 in Amsterdam, the Boom Bench is first and foremost a factor of sociality.
by Elsa Sidawy | 10.21.11
The territory of the Upper Gironde will experiment from now until the end of November with a new real-time ridesharing service to meet the objectives of its Climate Plan and promote intermodality. A difficult task for a predominantly rural area split into 65 municipalities where 90% of trips under 5 km are made by car and public transport is rarely used.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 10.19.11
New York wants to clean up some 3,000 abandoned lots throughout the city which for the most part are polluted. In order to restore the land, the municipality has set up an operation to revive the neglected but highly coveted land and thus promote local development.
The Australian agency 2thinknow released today the results of its fifth annual “Innovation Cities Index”. Like last year, Boston is top of the list of the most innovative cities in the world, among the 331 cities that have been observed (versus 289 in 2010). Paris loses its second place and comes third after San Francisco. [...]
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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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