by Adrien Geneste | 04.27.11
Sydney breaks records in the sunshine department, but the city also boasts the highest population density in Australia. As in many cities that are seeing their population skyrocket, density poses unimagined public health risks. With this in mind and from an ecological and sustainable standpoint, two architects have created the latest residence hall at Boston University’s Sydney campus.
by Elsa Sidawy | 12.03.10
The university of Munich in Germany has installed in its hall two impressive slides that carry students down three floors in a few seconds.
by Elsa Sidawy | 11.02.10
The first Franco-Chinese forum for higher education has born fruit. Indeed, a draft agreement has just been signed between the Technology Universities’ network and the Shanghai University, planning the creation of the first Franco-Chinese laboratory for research on the subject of cities at the heart of the Shanghai Sino-European Technology University.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 05.17.10
This rather original concept consists in making pupils more open to subjects, from science to arts, by trying to arouse their curiosity for fields unknown to them within the framework of the standard school curriculum.
by Elsa Sidawy | 03.05.10
A university that’s free, virtual and open to everyone across the planet. This is the crazy project of the California entrepreneur and philanthropist Shai Reshef who is challenging himself to provide a quality higher education to those who do not have the physical or material means to attend a traditional university. His concept of a people’s university was born from an astute observation that the costs of access to technology were falling, and those of education were rising in the world.
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by Olivier Barrellier | 02.23.10
Its has been already three years that the Sherbrooke university of Quebec has endowed itself with a vice-president in charge of sustainable development then with a “Sustainable Development Action Plan”. The campus being located a few kilometers from the city center, the main practical measures impact student and staff mobility. But the approach is more global: internally it now affects the university curriculum itself, and externally the city draws profits from it.
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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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