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 [...]
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by Adrien Geneste | 05.19.11
Among people 65 years and older, more than one in three are victims of at least one fall every year, which sometimes results in a debilitating loss of mobility. A team of French and Dutch designers creating elegant and non-stigmatizing objects has launched an innovative self-supporting cane called “Tango.”
by Adrien Geneste | 05.12.11
What could motivate a city-dweller to go out and jog apart from taking a breath of fresh air and burn a few calories? Helping an old person or someone who is unable to walk, for instance. This is the challenge taken up by The Good Gym, an English programme launched two years ago to encourage joggers to make a few detours from their routes to bring books, drugs or bread to an isolated person.
by Elsa Sidawy | 02.28.10
Heat waves have had disastrous consequences on people’s health, particularly fragile persons such as senior citizens. Beyond these crisis periods, dehydration is a phenomenon that should be taken seriously. The firm Edelia, a subsidiary company of the EDF group, specialized in the installation and supervision of individual consumptions of water, gas and electricity, has put [...]
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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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