by Elsa Sidawy | 05.19.11
Social networks have infiltrated nearly every part of everyday life for many of us, designers included, who are tagging their thoughts on furniture. This is the case of Chris McNicholl who invented Tweeting Seat. Equipped with two cameras, this bench would be able to update the Twitter profile of the user who sits down, [...]
by Adrien Geneste | 04.27.11
Sydney breaks records in the sunshine department, but the city also boasts the highest population density in Australia. As in many cities that are seeing their population skyrocket, density poses unimagined public health risks. With this in mind and from an ecological and sustainable standpoint, two architects have created the latest residence hall at Boston University’s Sydney campus.
by Elsa Sidawy | 04.11.11
The warm weather arrives and already urban dwellers flock to rare sunny terraces that pepper the sidewalk. The Mobîlot terrace, with measurements just under those of a car, was designed to free saturated urban sidewalks, creating islands of conviviality, while occupying a single lot.
by Elsa Sidawy | 04.03.11
The Geneva cabinet of architecture and urbanism Darius Golchan has developed an iPhone application that allows citizens to voice their opinions on development projects and management plans of the canton of Geneva. Interactive, the application pdcom.ch provides access, via a map, to various ongoing projects. As of now, Lancy is the only town currently [...]
by Elsa Sidawy | 03.11.11
In November 2009, Eric Guez began marketing in France apartment buildings designed in solid wood, a technical innovation that allows one to build upwards. This inventive method creates buildings as durable but cleaner than those constructed with the typical materials of contractors today.
by Gregory Sant | 01.23.11
Unlike traditional information boards whose paper flyers are haphazardly tacked up, Public Post is a new generation of bulletin board. Beyond the written word, this electronic whiteboard can broadcast images and videos, facilitating the dissemination of information, written and image-based, to readers.
by Elsa Sidawy | 01.21.11
Experiential marketing is making its way into public transportation. In the Netherlands, people sitting on the bench of a Rotterdam bus shelter immediately see their weight displayed on the inner panel.
by Elsa Sidawy | 01.17.11
In Holland, they’re rolling out the red carpet for the Tiger-Stone, an all-in-one device that lays brick road. This ingenious machine is poised to make traditional road work machines-cumbersome, dangerous, and costly- a thing of the past.
Bulletins électroniques | 01.05.11 | Quick Read
When one talks about rags and textiles, one thinks of clothes most of the time. As surprising as it may be, there is now a wallpaper made of textiles, meant to protect buildings from natural disasters, or at least from earthquakes.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 12.10.10
The first detectable and communicating pipe was born a few days ago near Grenoble. The company RYB and the CEA of Grenoble originated this plastic pipe called Eliot which boasts a new technology aimed at optimizing network monitoring. An invention that will allow communities to save a few billion cubic meters of water.
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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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