by Elsa Sidawy | 05.27.11
In October 2000, the Quebecois city of Victoriaville established a taxibus system, offering individualized public transport that corresponds to each user’s real needs. More flexible than classic transport route development, this initiative has won over many other municipalities.
by Adrien Geneste | 04.21.11
Health scandals, defrosting dishes, neglected kitchens . . . If we end up in a restaurant at all, it’s because we want to eat, and if possible avoid food poisoning. In Canada, the application DinerInspect allows diners to learn more about the sanitary condition of a restaurant before they book a table, hopefully pushing unscrupulous restaurateurs to make bigger efforts in the hygiene department.
by Reinier Evers | 03.08.11
Now serving downtown businesses in the greater Victoria, British Columbia, area, reCYCLISTS collects food waste in 48-liter bins for conversion into compost. Through the project, participating businesses’ organic refuse is picked up using a three-wheeled bicycle with an attached box capable of holding up to 136 kg.
by Elsa Sidawy | 02.10.11
Several Canadian communities like Montréal and Vancouver have set up a no-idling regulation, to lower emissions caused by parked cars that run their engines.
by Elsa Sidawy | 04.06.10
Idéeclic sounds like the surname of a cartoon character. This Quebec company which combines the most technologically innovative products servicing culture and the development and preservation of heritage, works with the most prestigious clients, from the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal to the Louvre in Paris, where it creates custom-made products.
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by Olivier Barrellier | 02.23.10
Its has been already three years that the Sherbrooke university of Quebec has endowed itself with a vice-president in charge of sustainable development then with a “Sustainable Development Action Plan”. The campus being located a few kilometers from the city center, the main practical measures impact student and staff mobility. But the approach is more global: internally it now affects the university curriculum itself, and externally the city draws profits from it.
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by Olivier Barrellier | 01.31.10
The « EcoDensity » concept of Vancouver, winner of “2009 Award of Excellence in Urbanism” awarded by the Canadian Institute of Urban Planners, has entered its phase of implementation. Gradually, subject by subject, area by area, the city modifies its regulations on urban planning according to a pre-established program that is known from everyone. This is a good example of practical application of major theories regarding green cities.
by Annabelle Bouard | 01.04.10
In order to have its history known, the city of Quebec organizes virtual exhibitions on its website. This is only the beginning of a long run digitizing project, which will make an important part of the city’s archives available to the public.
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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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