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Feeding and Fueling the City - Three scenarios to reinvent urban logistics

Publications - 11/23/2016

Cities must take ownership of urban logistics. But how? What are the existing interactions between our changing ways of living, consuming and producing, and the way these goods and inputs are supplied, stored and dispatched within the city? How is this impacting the nature, the design, the usage or the sizing of urban infrastructures and spaces – whether public or private? How can we better structure and optimize the flows of goods and inputs, as well as the flows of people in a constrained space such as the city?

Millennials: an urban legend?

Publications - 11/17/2016

Millennials: the omnipresent term alternately arouses doubt, irony, and weariness. This remarkable Millennial, to whom the media so often attribute profoundly distinctive characteristics, is above all a mystery, more an object of fantasy than scientific deduction.

One City, Many Timelines

Publications - 09/26/2016

How can city people serve the people’s city ? What innovations can cities implement in order to improve quality of life for their inhabitants? How can cities promote urban resilience in the face of long-term economic, social, and climate risks ?

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Feeding and Fueling the City - Three scenarios to reinvent urban logistics

Cities must take ownership of urban logistics. But how? What are the existing interactions between our changing ways of living, consuming and producing, and the way these goods and inputs are supplied, stored and dispatched within the city? How is this impacting the nature, the design, the usage or the sizing of urban infrastructures and spaces – whether public or private? How can we better structure and optimize the flows of goods and inputs, as well as the flows of people in a constrained space such as the city?

 

Focus

What’s In A Public Space?

Pokémon Go superimposed a new layer over tangible, preexisting public spaces. No one seems quite sure of the rules applicable to this virtual space, but there’s more: the game ignores, and thus challenges, the uses traditionally assigned to public spaces, as parks become hunting grounds, monuments turn into PokéStops, and the limits between private and public property are gleefully overlooked.

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.

Films

Data to improve cities : Boston

Jascha Franklin-Hodge, CIO of the City of Boston and David Block-Schachter, CTO at the MBTA, discuss the opportunities offered by Big Data through pioneering experiments implemented by the city of Boston. Predictive analysis, policy-making based on citizen demands, and flexibility of the transport network are all areas in which Boston was able to create pioneering applications such as CityScore or Bos311. But data is most importantly an opportunity for public actors to test innovative policies over short time scales. However, data collection also presents new security and privacy challenges.

How can we build a resilient city?

As a port on the Eastern seaboard, Boston is particularly exposed to anticipate global warming and rising sea levels. Although not affected by Hurricane Sandy, the city is well aware of the risks at hand, and has chosen to make resilience one of its priorities. In this film, Senior Waterfront Planner for the Boston Redevelopment Authority Chris Busch discusses the city’s various responses. Consultation with local stakeholders and modular buildings are just some of the projects implemented by the city in order to live with, rather than against, water.