by Elsa Sidawy | 12.12.11
To reward the winners of the tenth Paris City Council Innovation Grand Prizes, the jury met one evening in the Palais Brongniart auditorium in Paris. On December 1st, five start-ups were thus in the spotlight of the innovation ecosystem.
by Elsa Sidawy | 12.02.11
A flower pot that grows by itself. This is the latest concept in vogue for busy urbanites, proposed by a start-up created in September.
by Elsa Sidawy | 12.07.10
What other purpose, besides parking blocks, could those poles marking the sidewalk serve? Sitting of course! Today they function as barriers against unlawful parking, but tomorrow they could support street furniture. At least that’s the hope of Damien Gires and his Urban Seat project, finalist in the design category for the Grands Prix de l’Innovation de la ville de Paris.
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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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