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by Elsa Sidawy | 11.22.11
Children are users like any others. It is an obvious fact that car manufacturers have gotten hold of: more than 90% of mobility-related advertisements show four-door saloons and convertibles while less than 10% show bikes or public transport. In order to fight this damning assessment, the ARENE has been developing and supporting the “Bambini” project since June 2009 in the Ile-de-France region.
by Elsa Sidawy | 08.29.11
Launched by the SAS Men & Co, “Le mini réseau” is a local social network designed for pupils’ parents who want to share with other parents and their children’s teachers via short messages.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 12.29.10
Entrepreneurs, freelancers, and consultants … are among those workers who have the opportunity to conduct business from home. But this freedom can also turn into feelings of isolation and affect the social life of these workers. Riding the wave of co-working, Felicity Chapman, a Californian mother of two envisioned a mixed co-working spot where parents could work while keeping an eye on their children.
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For sure if we aim to change our habits, urban areas have to be equipped in such a way the citizen don't feel like constrained in their everyday life.
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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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