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 | 09.11.11
Claude Savinel established the principle of l’épicier d’art (the art grocer) in 2002 with a single idea in mind: to democratize art for everyone to buy and exhibit.
by Elsa Sidawy | 08.17.11
Nothing in particular predisposed James Econs, a social media consultant, to invent a new use for the classic English telephone booth, now largely abandoned by users for mobile phones. The concept: use the vacant space of pay telephone booths to house book swaps, encouraging passersbys to rediscover reading by an original means.
by Elsa Sidawy | 08.10.11
The digital artists at the agency Mosquito have been venturing away from web design and focusing instead on developing innovative digital installations that make art more accessible. Aimed mainly at young people reluctant to camp out for hours in front of a masterpiece, Pupp’Art breathes life into the most unlikely of artworks.
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.
by Adrien Geneste | 07.12.11
New websites have just appeared on the Net, promoting street art works, from paintings to graffitis including chalk drawings.
by Adrien Geneste | 06.28.11
From the 23rd to the 29th of this past April, as part of the World Book and Copyright Day, the hallways and platforms of the Mexico City metro reverberated with the verses of more than 40 Hispanic poets.
by Elsa Sidawy | 06.22.11
While in Madrid on the Puerta del Sol, a visitor carefully listens and relives the events of spring. Soon reality overtakes imagination. Throughout the development of Clamor (Clameurs), the application’s founders have asserted its cultural and social impact. Record or listen to sounds on the move. Relive moments in history, share feelings about a situation or recommend places of interest to the community, all via smartphone.
by Elsa Sidawy | 06.16.11
The second edition of Futur en Seine will take place from 17th to 26th June over the whole Ile-de-France region. Organised by the competitiveness Centre Cap Digital, the event has become a must-be for all the actors of digital innovation.
by Adrien Geneste | 06.06.11
Created in 2008, Weezevent is a young French start-up located in Dijon, offering event organisers to easily create and manage a ticketing service to sell their electronic tickets, whatever the size of the event and with no need to sign a mail order agreement with the bank.
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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.
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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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