by Suzanne Galy | 12.28.11
Since October, home aids of the town of Pessac have been equipped with NFC-enabled mobile phones. This non-contact tool allows them to receive and transmit to CCAS, in real-time, information related to their daily missions. The mayor hopes to improve the management of welfare payments.
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by Julien de Labaca | 12.22.11
In late October, Cityzen Mobility launched its shared taxi service in Paris dubbed “Alpha Travel.” The goal? Pool taxi rides to reduce costs for passengers. Alongside its public launch, the young company will create a service to benefit seniors: savings made from the shared rides will go to fund “Senior Mobility,” a social transportation service designed to help isolated and low income seniors get around.
by Elsa Sidawy | 10.18.11
The city of Villeurbanne has created a physical fitness park dedicated to the elderly, in the heart of its public gardens. Since September 20, the first “physioparc” experiment has occupied an area just outsides the senior residence of Chateau-Gaillard. Fitness equipment, geared towards low impact exercise that help seniors practice balance and coordination to help [...]
by Julien de Labaca | 10.04.11
Accessibility is a major headache for local authorities who must make roads and public transport networks accessible to people with reduced mobility (PRM) before 2015 in France. Accessibility is a serious issue for most elderly, visually and physically impaired people. Unfortunately, their mobility has rarely been made a top priority and thus has factored very little in the latest string of innovative projects.
by Adrien Geneste | 09.26.11
Lean de vie is an innovative start-up offering a new vision of medicine. With the saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” as a course of action to develop solutions favouring good behaviours and prevention, Professor Raoul Ghozlan and Doctor Corinne Ghozlan have emphasised a proactive health approach.
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by Anne Labit | 12.15.10
In the context of an aging population, enabling people to live at home for as long as possible is a top priority. The development of services at home and the adaptation of housing are the most talked about solutions. However, we now know that maintaining social ties is also an active principle of home life. Beyond the cost of services or the lack of security, isolation and loneliness may be a reason to choose a home life more conducive to successful aging.
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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.
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