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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

Towards data driven cities?

The exponential growth of data presents cities with an opportunity to address the challenges they face. Not least the challenge of doing better with less. Many cities have now embarked upon an open data approach, which constitutes an important step towards democratic transparency and reflects their openness to usage-based innovation.

 

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

03/26/2015 Gizmodo
Our Cities Could Become High-Density Solar Power Plants
Solar energy has a dark side. Those gargantuan plants that sprawl out like deconstructed disco balls sacrifice valuable open space and put wildlife, and possibly human lives, at risk. A new study by Stanford researchers says that focusing our solar energy efforts in already-developed urban areas could yield more power—by collecting energy where we actually use it.
03/03/2015 FastCompany
Designers Imagine Creative Ways That Boston Can Live When It's Mostly Underwater
Many of the designs, from floating parks to hydrokinetic canals, invite water in rather than try to keep it away.# As climate change raises sea levels, many cities face the near certainty of flooding in the future. Take Boston. By 2100, forecasts show water levels climbing by five to six feet in its Harbor area, meaning that 30% of the city could be inundated.

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.