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.
by Elsa Sidawy | 12.06.11
Even in larger cities, finding a taxi can be a real obstacle course. Launched in Israel, the service Get Taxi wants to simplify this path for users and take advantage of the growing number of independent taxi drivers. A linkage service that is being emulated all over the world.
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…
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.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 11.15.11
Is ridesharing the butt of entrenched prejudice? Its ability to reduce nuisance has been known for a long time but single car drivers are not ready to let go of their individual cars yet. With the boom of new technologies, players in that field are technically ready to shift to second gear and are developing what are known as dynamic car sharing solutions. Companies and local authorities, which are more skeptical, are experimenting this new service with sometimes-mixed results. Let us explore the mysteries of dynamic car sharing.
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.
by Elsa Sidawy | 09.28.11
What about going out for a walk in Paris depending on the level of pollution? It is now possible thanks to the “Votre air” (“Your air”) application prototype launched during the Futur en Seine festival last June.
by Elsa Sidawy | 07.21.11
After BuitenBeter in The Netherlands, Fix my Street in England and Léon in France, the firm Pixel Iris is now providing “Le problème de ma rue” (The problem in my street) web platform and iPhone application, which enable citizens concerned about their environment to note down the problems that have occurred on public highways and inform the appropriate local service.
by Elsa Sidawy | 07.11.11
“Traffic disrupted because of material damage.” Tired of hearing these messages in the metro? On June 17th, during the Futur en Seine festival, the start-up Senda launched an application enabling users to prepare journeys while anticipating transport network incidents.
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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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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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