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Improving mobility in peri-urban areas

Films - 01/14/2015

Ben Plowden, Director of strategy and planning for Surface Transport at Transport for London and Jean-Marc Jancovici, Founder of Carbone 4, explain the difficulties and leverages of sustainable peri-urban mobility.

Innovate using data. What new services for cities and city dwellers?

Events - 03 December 2014

Second phase of the discussion series launched by La Fabrique de la Cité on urban data's potential for transforming cities. What new services have been created for city residents using urban data? What partnership models is this development based on? And how does it align with a global innovation strategy?

TUBÀ, Lyon

What economic activities and siting strategies for cities?

Events - 16 September 2014

What mechanisms create value in cities? Cities possess assets associated with their geographical environment and their economic activities. What are the resources cities can call on? What growth drivers can they mobilize? On the basis of the work carried out by Anne Power, Professor at the London School of Economics, on “Phoenix cities,” this seminar, which brings together about 100 urban development specialists, will assess the economic strategies deployed by European cities.

Scenic side-view bike mirror in Lille, France - Flickr CC - Lisa Larsson

Works

"What tools can we use to optimise the city?" Lisbon Seminar Overview

While the challenges faced by cities become increasingly complex to resolve, they also have fewer and fewer resources with which to do so. This apparent paradox can however become an additional source of motivation and innovation. Optimising the use of local natural resources (water, energy and space), making optimum use of existing infrastructures (buildings, roads and networks) and extracting maximum value from constantly diminishing financial resources: these are the big challenges now faced by our cities

 

Focus

New forms of mobility in outlying urban areas

Public transport is often praised for its efficiency in the centre of major cities. But it can also be an appropriate solution for facilitating mobility in outlying urban areas. In any case, this was the conclusion arrived at in the study carried out by Carbone 4 for La Fabrique de la Cité (The City Factory).

Workshop

MIT Mobile Experience Laboratory

La Fabrique de la Cité is conducting a workshop in close collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mobile Experience Lab on the evolution of lifestyles and its impact on urban transformation. Professor Federico Casalegno is the principal investigator, and he will lead the international observatory that La Fabrique de la Cité and MIT Mobile Experience Lab have decided to launch.

From the web

02/02/2015 MIT Innovators Europe
MIT Innovators Under 35
In the following months, different editions of MIT Innovators Europe will be held in France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Poland and Spain. Nominations for the French and Italian Editions will close on February 13th while Belgian, German and Polish nominations will be open until March 13th.
02/02/2015 The Health Foundation
Should cities have more say in our health?
30 years ago, the Word Health Organization launched the Healthy Cities movement. From a soda tax in Berkeley to urban planning in Curitiba, cities are now the real health innovators; four reasons help explain why.
01/27/2015 Popupcity.net
Modular Greenhouses: The Next Big Thing In Urban Farming?
California-based company Cityblooms brings urban farming to a complete new level through a series of smart mini-farms that are connected and controlled through the Internet.
01/06/2015 SmartDataCollective.com
Data Quality Predictions for 2015
The champagne has been drunk, the mince pies are eaten and we’re packing away the Christmas baubles for another year. After a well-earned rest, thousands of businesses are returning to face the challenges that the New Year will bring to their business, and that means refocusing efforts on quality, usable data.
01/06/2015 MIT Technology Review
Hundreds of Portuguese Buses and Taxis Are Also Wi-Fi Routers
A massive mobile Wi-Fi network that could be a model for many cities was launched in the city of Porto, Portugal, this fall. Buses and taxis are equipped with routers that serve as mobile Wi-Fi hot spots for tens of thousands of riders. The routers also collect data from the vehicles—and from sensors on trash bins around the city—and relay it back to city offices to help with civic planning.

Films

How to improve daily mobility?

Solutions for optimizing transport systems and making them more effective and comfortable for users have emerged all over the world. Zoom in South America in Mexico and Bogota and in Singapore.

Innovate using data. What news services for cities and city dwellers?

New Information Technology (IT) and citizen connectivity have the potential to allow city thinkers and dwellers to enhance and optimize the city. Urban experimentations are necessary to understand how.