by James Whiting | 01.18.12
Innovative adaptations of QR codes in London have made visiting this popular tourist destination easier, with London attractions available at the touch of your smart phone. QR codes have been around quite some time, but new innovations are making these patterned matrix codes ubiquitous rather than unusual.
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.
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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.
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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.
by Adrien Geneste | 06.24.11
Like the London application Streetmuseum, ParisAvant enables tourists to discover the capital through old photographs and postcards, playing with all the possibilities of augmented reality. Developed by the creators of the tourist application Geoquestour, in partnership with the website ParisAvant, the application is available from now on the AppStore.
by Elsa Sidawy | 06.02.11
In Brussels, two young people in wheelchairs have produced a guide listing both wheelchair accessible and inaccessible places and the best ways to reach them. Using a color code ranging from green, which stands for good accessibility (i.e. no outside assistance required) to red, through yellow (i.e. assistance required) the two young Brusseleirs note the [...]
by Adrien Geneste | 04.15.11
In February 2008, a think tank composed of almost 350 people from the Belleville district of Paris resulted in the creation of the association Paris Par Rues Méconnues (Through the lesser-known streets of Paris). Beyond traditional tourism, the association offers the population of districts that are often neglected help to integrate into society.
by Elsa Sidawy | 03.29.11
NFC (Near Field Communication) phones are not common yet despite the enthusiasm of telecommunications companies and the conclusive tests made in certain pioneer cities. Olivier Levy, CEO of StrapMedia, has, for his part, anticipated usages by developing the PocketCity platform, which enables to gather various tourist-oriented services into one NFC media.
by Elsa Sidawy | 01.01.11
If you believe the French nursery rhyme, walking one kilometre wears out your shoes… But sometimes you cannot say no to a few morning strides in the Eternal City. Sight Jogging offers visitors that are most in a hurry to explore Rome jogging with sports coaches that are also guides.
by Eric Foulon | 12.23.10
Belgian architects of import.export agency have created a mobile multi-storey structure that allows people to camp in urban areas. The structure is made out off steel and supports four platforms on which tents can be pitched.
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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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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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