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Millennials: an urban legend?

Publications - 01/31/2017

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.

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?

Works

European Cities and Refugees: a Laboratory for Affordable Housing and Urban Resilience to Future Crises

How have European cities –and specifically, German and Swedish cities, managed to offer housing to the thousands of asylum-seekers who flocked to their gates beginning in 2015? How are they now drawing on the knowledge born of the challenge of temporary housing provision to solve their affordable housing shortage?

 

Focus

When London tries to urbanize Uber

On 22 September, in a short press release, London’s public transport authority Transport for London (TfL), locked Uber out of the city a few days only after it multiplied the cost of a private chauffeur license by a thousand. By deciding not to renew the Californian company’s right to operate after it expired on 30 September, TfL made a bold choice to deprive 3.5 million Londoners of the private hire trade service and to dispossess Uber of its largest European market. This decision, which Uber has since appealed, marks a turning point in a game where the company previously defined its own terms. Following London’s lead, New York City and San Francisco have announced they are now reflecting on ways to tighten their control over Uber.

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.