by Elsa Sidawy | 12.20.11
Designed for all those who are put off by long queues, the Jaimeattendre.com portal informs users of the busiest times in the places where they want to go. According to the start-up that publishes the website, a Frenchman spends an average of four months of his life queuing.
by Elsa Sidawy | 12.19.11
You remain to be convinced of the financial benefits of telecommuting. The LBMG Worklabs firm has just launched a tool that can calculate employers’ telecommuting costs and profits.
by Elsa Sidawy | 12.12.11
On October 25th, the city of Bordeaux opened the “Biblio.bato”, an experimental library for the 15-35 age group. It is located on the upper deck of the I-Boat, a former ferry boat moored in the “wet docks” district and turned into a cultural place where electronic music and digital arts mix since the end of September.
by Adrien Geneste | 11.29.11
In Sweden, almost one item of clothing out of two never sees the light while textile consumption keeps increasing. In order to stop this nonsense, four women created, during the Stockholm Fashion Week, the first clothes library.
by Elsa Sidawy | 11.22.11
On November 16th, the city of Paris launched a new and free mobile phone application to give on-the-move inhabitants of Paris access to practical information. “Paris à la seconde” (Paris within a second) provides iPhone or Androïd mobile phone users with weather forecast alerts, information on unexpected closing of public places or highways, pollution peaks, electricity failures…
by Elsa Sidawy | 11.18.11
The Greater Metropolitan Area of Lyon initiated in the summer of 2009 a project aimed at celebrating the initiatives of citizens working to preserve the planet. The project “Héros ordinaires” (Ordinary Heroes) is part of the Plan climat de l’agglomération (the Climate Plan of Greater Lyon), and is in partnership with the civic service association [...]
by Elsa Sidawy | 11.08.11
Specialists in all things bike-related, Altinnova unveiled on October 6th its latest bicycle pump destined for public spaces and businesses.
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.
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 Elsa Sidawy | 10.19.11
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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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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