by James Whiting | 01.18.12
Innovative adaptations of QR codes in London have made visiting this popular tourist destination easier, with London attractions available at the touch of your smart phone. QR codes have been around quite some time, but new innovations are making these patterned matrix codes ubiquitous rather than unusual.
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by Suzanne Galy | 08.29.11
Thanks to its three-dimensional virtual reality platform, Clic3D mixes heritage discovery with a new advertising space for local economic actors. NaviNum is an RFID badge offering personalised visits and producing usage data that, once they have been analysed, can prove useful for targeted marketing. These two achievements – made in the Aquitaine region – are offering innovative economic models for e-tourism.
by Elsa Sidawy | 08.10.11
The digital artists at the agency Mosquito have been venturing away from web design and focusing instead on developing innovative digital installations that make art more accessible. Aimed mainly at young people reluctant to camp out for hours in front of a masterpiece, Pupp’Art breathes life into the most unlikely of artworks.
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by Adrien Geneste | 05.04.11
Presented on 28th April within the framework of the Vigie-Nature programme, in partnership with the National Museum of Natural History and the Tela Botanica network, the “Wild plants from my street” observatory will give citizens from the Ile-de-France region, as early as 3rd May, the opportunity to discover and identify the wild flora growing in their streets for scientific purposes.
by Antoine Maudinet | 07.22.10
Imagine the English capital with buildings devastated by the Nazi bombardment, or the bustling docklands at the end of the 19th century. Londoners no longer need to imagine, at present they can see London through the ages at Streetmuseum.
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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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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