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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 | 12.13.11
Before international journalists and local officials, the service Autolib’ was launched Monday, December 5th near Châtelet, four years after the inauguration of the now famous Vélib. Indeed, the latter model inspired the city and the group Bolloré to launch this system of self-service electric cars.
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 | 11.22.11
On November 16th, the city of Paris launched a new and free mobile phone application to give on-the-move inhabitants of Paris access to practical information. “Paris à la seconde” (Paris within a second) provides iPhone or Androïd mobile phone users with weather forecast alerts, information on unexpected closing of public places or highways, pollution peaks, electricity failures…
Mobilicités | 11.21.11 | Quick Read
Since Monday, tramline 3 users have seen empty cars streaming pas them. The “TramFret” project launched by the city of Paris, the RATP, the STIF and Apur, is using certain conventional tramlines for freight transport.
by Elsa Sidawy | 11.16.11
Anyone who has walked the streets of Amsterdam in winter knows that wearing gloves is not a fashion statement. Chi Dang, an Australian-born designer finishing his studies in Europe, felt this first hand. With the increasing presence of touch screens in our daily lives, a solution for gloved fingers is becoming more pressing.
by Elsa Sidawy | 11.02.11
The Institute of Vision and the Casino Group opened an experiment supermarket in May. The goal? Make the lives of two million visually impaired French citizens a bit easier and open a real store next year using the innovations that are presently being tested.
by Elsa Sidawy | 10.19.11
The Australian agency 2thinknow released today the results of its fifth annual “Innovation Cities Index”. Like last year, Boston is top of the list of the most innovative cities in the world, among the 331 cities that have been observed (versus 289 in 2010). Paris loses its second place and comes third after San Francisco. [...]
by Adrien Geneste | 10.10.11
Born from an idea put forward by the WWF to increase the presence of wildlife in cities, the Sound Delta Wild application helps users explore their surroundings through sound, transmitted via their smartphone headphones or supporting media.
by Elsa Sidawy | 10.07.11
The bicycle market is going well. Bike mobility is having great success as comfort and safety constraints have gradually been removed, thus encouraging people to cycle in town more often. City-planning policies and financial aids to help people buy electrically assisted pedal cycles constitute additional levers for the development of these mobility bikes, as Didier Huré, General Delegate of the french National Council of Cycling Professions explains.
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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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