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  • Public Spaces #DataCity #AMS

    06/23/2016 - AMS partnership

    How can urban data be used to reinvent public spaces? How can public spaces be redesigned in response to the needs of citizens? These were the questions explored this past 23 June by the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) and La Fabrique de la Cité (partners since March 2016), at a “Public Urban Squares” workshop in Amsterdam’s FabCity.The workshop specifically examined the examples of Paris’ Place de la Nation and Amsterdam’s Weteringcircuit.

  • Boston, an urban innovation hub

    06/06/2016 - International seminar Boston

    From 6 to 8 June, La Fabrique de la Cité is hosting its international seminar in Boston. This city has innovation in its DNA, is pioneering the use of big data for urban management, but is faced with the task of regaining its resilience to cope with the fact that it is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This concise overview looks at the challenges Boston faces today.

  • Data as a catalyst of urban innovations

    01/29/2016 - Which are the impacts of NICT and data on the city?

    What are the opportunities for optimization of public services permitted by data ? How to improve the welfare of the inhabitants of cities and adapt to their needs through precise mapping and real-time data ? How to control and adjust the energy supply of cities, from an analysis of individual and collective consumption data and climate projections? # These are questions for which the city of Nancy provides interesting answers.


  • How can we make cities incubators for health?

    10/14/2015 - How can we make cities incubators for health?

    The demographic growth of cities is making health a priority for mayors, architects, planners and all those who live in the urban environment, especially in Asia and the English-speaking world. So much so that today the question is no longer how we prevent cities from spoiling our health, but rather how to shape urban planning to benefit the lifelong wellbeing of citizens more effectively. "Cities are the root causes of many health problems, but they are also key to solving a number of these problems", says Jacob West, member of the Harvard Global Health Institute and former programme director for the London Health Commission. This paradox is even more noticeable in very large urban centres, where population concentration and the nature and intensity of economic activity impact directly on the quality of life enjoyed by citizens. Long neglected, the concept of wellbeing then becomes a key factor in the attraction of cities.

  • Berlin: transforming the city around behavioural changes

    07/17/2015 - Understanding behavioural changes to keep transforming cities

    A young, alternative, creative city. That is the reputation of Berlin, which attracts more than 40,000 new residents every year. As a laboratory experimenting with new ways of using the urban environment, Berlin is an inspirational example of citizen initiative, resource sharing and the expert use of digital tools and services for the benefit of the city.

  • Open Innovation - It's all about collective intelligence

    06/01/2015 - How to create value in the city?

    Digital marathons, the opening of urban spaces dedicated to creativity, new-generation business incubators… We take a closer look at the open innovation initiatives that are transforming cities into creative, collaborative laboratories dedicated to exploring new ways of working and producing services in the digital age.

  • Optimising the City using Data: feedback from North American cities

    03/30/2015 - Which are the impacts of NICT and data on the city?

    La Fabrique de la Cité continues its study of the impact of data management on urban transformation. Five Chief Data Officers responded to La Fabrique de la Cité’s invitation to present current development projects in Boston, New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. We get to grips with how these cities are using data to become more efficient, invent new urban services and, as a result, provide greater transparency for their citizens.

  • New forms of mobility in outlying urban areas

    01/20/2015 -

    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).


  • Innovating with urban data: the examples of Lisbon and Lyon

    12/05/2014 -

    In the question of urban data, there are as many cities as models. Indeed, taking account of their particular historic, demographic and urban development context, all the cities at the cutting edge of the data field in Europe (Helsinki, Berlin, Barcelona, Bordeaux and Rennes) have implemented their own original strategy. So, what is urban data's potential for new urban services creation? Zoom on the innovative data processing initiatives of two cities, Lisbon and Lyon, whose representatives presented their work on Wednesday, December 3d at NUMA in Paris, during a La Fabrique de la Cité breakfast meeting.

  • Which businesses and location strategies are best for city-scale development?

    10/21/2014 -

    La Fabrique de la Cité held its 2014 regional seminar in Lille on September 16th, where international urban actors discussed and exchanged on location strategies for city-scale development.

  • Lisbon: invest in regeneration

    07/10/2014 -

    From 2 to 4 July, La Fabrique de la Cité/The City Factory held an international seminar in Lisbon. On the agenda was the issue of optimisation or how to regenerate and transform a city in spite of its financial, social and environmental constraints.

  • How Urban Data is reinventing mobility

    06/17/2014 -

    On Tuesday, June 10, La Fabrique de la Cité (The City Factory) organized a breakfast debate at the NUMA in Paris on the theme: “The impact of urban data on daily mobility.” It was an opportunity to discover the potential for our data in urban contexts, particularly through the examples of Rennes and Helsinki.

  • DIY Manifesto: we are all the children of Detroit

    06/05/2014 -

    In the wake of La Fabrique de la Cité’s work on “Phoenix Cities” and the co-construction of cities, the “DIY Manifesto“ project by Hélène Bienvenu and Nora Mandray has captivated our attention. This web documentary features Detroit’s “Do It Yourself” movement through three urban fables that depict individual and group initiatives designed to improve daily life in the city. Urban agriculture, the development of co-habitats, mobility, and digital equality are some of the movement’s concerns.

  • Using innovation and creativity to enhance mobility in semi-urban areas

    04/23/2014 -

    Work-home commuting has become a major challenge for cities; accordingly, La Fabrique de la Cité (The City Factory) has decided to launch a series of meetings focusing on the issue of mobility in semi-urban areas.# Intermodality, grassroots innovation, informal transport systems and the use of information technology – do these considerations point to potential solutions for enhancing mobility for people living in semi-urban areas? Where can we find the inspiration and creativity needed to renew mobility and transport?# These are the questions which La Fabrique de la Cité has attempted to answer in two presentations: one by Brice Teinturier, Deputy Executive Director, Ipsos France, who has conducted a survey for VINCI Autoroutes to determine people’s attitudes with regard to daily commuting; and another by David Menascé, Executive Director of Azao and Professor at the HEC Social Business Chair, who brings an international perspective to the topic thanks to his analysis of informal transport systems in emerging countries.

  • Circular economy: a new model for creating value

    03/13/2014 -

    Produce, consume, throw away: under the weight of social and environmental stresses, our consumerism is reaching its limits. Within the next thirty years, the world population will have increased by 2 million individuals, and if trends continue, we will need more than two Earths to support us - and of course we only have one. It has therefore become imperative to shift paradigms and move to circular economy, in order to use our resources most effectively.

  • What is the role for cities in the energy transition ?

    02/14/2014 -

    On January 30 La Fabrique de la Cité (The City Factory) welcomed Philipp Rode, executive director of the London School of Economics’ Cities Programme, at a thematic breakfast debate on the adaptive strategies of the world’s cities and metropolises faced with climate change. This meeting was part of a reflective process initiated last year with the presentation of a study conducted in partnership with the OECD on funding green growth for cities.

  • Agriculture in cities: an assessment

    01/10/2014 -

    Far from being a recent phenomenon, agriculture is making a comeback in our cities. This is a return to “fundamentals” that is welcomed by city dwellers. Also, in the view of urban planners and thinkers, city agriculture favours a more sustainable and smart urban-development model. Does urban agriculture really favour the sustainable development of urban spaces or should we adopt a more nuanced view of its benefits?