When citizens transform their city (3) - Reinvesting the city

When citizens transform their city (3) – Reinvesting the city

This Focus, third and last – but not least – component of a trilogy dedicated to the innovative ways through which citizens can directly take action to change their cities, focuses on these small urban interventions that make our cities better places. Tired of waiting for the involvement and initiative from public authorities, more...
When citizens transform their city (2) - Crowdsourcing the city

When citizens transform their city (2) – Crowdsourcing the city

This Focus, second component of a trilogy dedicated to the innovative ways through which citizens can directly take action to change their cities, will look at crowdsourcing as a powerful tool to empower citizens, enhance mobility and create better public spaces. Cities aren’t just made of concrete and buildings anymore. Data is becoming key to better...
When citizens transform their city (1) - Towards a crowdfunded urbanism

When citizens transform their city (1) – Towards a crowdfunded urbanism

This Focus, first component of a trilogy dedicated to the innovative ways citizens can directly take action to change their cities, will look at crowdfunding as a powerful tool to transform public spaces in these times of financial crisis.  Crowdfunding for urban projects isn’t something new: do you know that the Statue of Liberty is the...
Nothing is lost, everything is transformed - including in the city

Nothing is lost, everything is transformed – including in the city

Though cities are depicted as lively places bustling with human activity, things become more ambivalent when you look closer. Economic crisis, bad urban planning or urban pauperization are some of the many reasons explaining the proliferation of derelict spaces local authorities and developers gradually forget about. The exploration of disused urban spaces, called urban...
The future of urban housing

The future of urban housing

Sad but true: cities are becoming more and more expensive for families and young adults. A typical millennial can’t afford a 1,000 square-foot home (about 92 square meters) in the majority of the biggest US cities, and tends to share his flat to reduce the bill: the number of 18-to-35-year-olds living with roommates has...
Enhancing the place of women in cities

Enhancing the place of women in cities

“This is a man’s world” claimed James Brown in his famous song. And this is still true. The 8th March was the International Women’s Day, an occasion to recall the numerous gender inequalities that still remain: from wages to domestic violence, or the lack of women in decision-making spheres… Where do cities stand today ?...
Winter in the City

Winter in the City

Scientists and NGOs are unanimous : this winter is the warmest ever worldwide. And 2015 was even the warmest year ever recorded by the Nasa and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which showed that 2015 breaks the 2014 record of temperature by 0.13°C. According to the UK MET Office, the heat we all experience...
Fighting urban loneliness for more human cities

Fighting urban loneliness for more human cities

Although cities are full of people, loneliness is a growing concern. In our over-connected society, it is quite ironical to observe that we have never felt so alone : in the United States, 40% of people say they are lonely, a figure that has doubled in 30 years, while in Britain, one in ten...
Rethinking urban logistics

Rethinking urban logistics

If you have had no time to go Christmas shopping, you may be one of the 85% consumers that chose to purchase their gifts online (figures for 2014). A significant order volume which translates into no less than 2 million packages a day delivered in December… Most of them by road. In 2013, 85% of the...
Fighting air pollution with innovation

Fighting air pollution with innovation

France currently chairs and hosts the COP21. More than 190 countries are negotiating a new international agreement on climate change to keep global warming below +2°C. Among the different environmental issues, air pollution appears to be a growing concern for cities: some of them frequently reach alarming levels of air pollution, and get covered...
Running in the city

Running in the city

Recent years saw a growing popularity of urban running, as evidenced by the impressive number of participants in the numerous races organized in cities around the world. This went hand in hand with the development of mobile and tracking technologies, giving birth to a bunch of innovations and leading to the...
Kids in the city

Kids in the city

Nowadays, cities are evolving in order to respond to the needs of every part of its population, including children: green spaces to minimize the effects of air pollution, playgrounds,… This trend is visible in both urban planning and mobility, as well as in innovative advertising campaigns. Play Street Several American...
Underground cities

Underground cities

In a context of fast growing urbanization, cities are facing issues such as congestion and lack of space for new buildings and infrastructures. Based on this observation, architects and urban planners are more and more interested in the unexploited potential of underground areas, that could offer a solution to dense and...
Mapping the world with data

Mapping the world with data

Data from social networks, software or mobile applications have become major sources to create a new generation of maps. Nearly every week, there’s an innovative map making the buzz online, letting us discover how people move and experience cities around the world. Where do people tweet? American developer and “data artist”...
CES 2015: Towards a connected world

CES 2015: Towards a connected world

The 2015 edition of the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), held in Las Vegas from January 6th to 9th, was the largest in its history, with 3,600 exhibitors and 170,000 industry professionals. Confirming a trend that had already emerged during previous similar events, connected objects were once again under the spotlight, showing the...
Riding on the paths of innovation

Riding on the paths of innovation

Innovation in the field of bicycle riding is not limited to the bicycle itself, it also concerns services and infrastructure, starting with bicycle paths. It is hardly surprising that the most innovative projects in that area come from the countries with the most developed bicycle culture, The Netherlands and Denmark....
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Uber uses drones to promote UberPOOL in the traffic jams of Mexico

Mexico City drivers experience endless traffic jams every day. Uber took opportunity of this situation to promote UberPOOL, its new car pooling service, in a witty and quite taunting manner. Ad-carrying drones flew over the sea of cars with signs teasing drivers stuck in traffic. One of the signs taunts “Driving alone in your car? This is...
A touch of blue in architecture

A touch of blue in architecture

Buildings can look even more beautiful on a sunny day. The German photographer Maik Lipp plays with the blue sky in his minimalist shots. From Miami to Singapore, he glorifies the geometric shapes of the buildings with unexpected shooting angles. His two series of photographs Mixed Minimal I and Mixed Minimal II gather these dreamy shots together. Next time you take a...
A Water Bar to rethink about what's inside our tap water

A Water Bar to rethink about what’s inside our tap water

No, it’s not a new concept of fancy bar: the company Pur and the agency Arnold Worldwide teamed up to open the Water Bar, a place where customers can taste tap water collected from across the country. The particularity of it is the presence of metals and other bacteria in the different tap waters, based on real...
Urban sprawl is still expanding

Urban sprawl is still expanding

And it is a global trend. In his speech, the director of LSE Cities Ricky Burdett reminds us of the preoccupying situation of urban growth. By 2050, an expected 2.5 billion people around the world will be moving into cities, climate change refugees not included. As the urban population is expected to reach 300 percent of...
A website tells you where you can afford to live in the world

A website tells you where you can afford to live in the world

The Earth Awaits is a search engine that tells you where you could afford to live, depending on your savings. The site’s creator, a Silicon Valley engineer with a personal blog about thrifty travelling, was inspired by the numerous questions of the readers about the cost of living in cities. Using Numbeo, a crowdsourced database of consumer prices...
Bordeaux is the best city to visit, according to Lonely Planet

Bordeaux is the best city to visit, according to Lonely Planet

The annual “Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2017” rankings have just been released, with a surprising winner in the “City” category: the French city of Bordeaux. The “Sleeping Beauty”, as people often call it, was chosen thanks to its future LGV Sud-Ouest train line, connecting the city with Europe’s high speed train network, and cutting travel time from...
Heineken transformed an abandoned stadium into a street art temple

Heineken transformed an abandoned stadium into a street art temple

Since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the Miami Marine Stadium was left abandoned. The former arena where you could attend powerboat races was since occupied by local street artists. As a restauration program was set up by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Heineken, the brewing company paid tribute to the urban culture of the venue. They partnered with Publicis New York...
100% of Parisians are close to Rapid Transit

100% of Parisians are close to Rapid Transit

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) measured the percentage of residents living close to rapid transit in 26 major cities worldwide and their metropolitan regions. Paris got the perfect score: all its residents live within 1 kilometre of rapid transit, but the proportion is halved when the study includes its metropolitan region. If European cities top the...
The new lives of Detroit's abandoned houses

The new lives of Detroit’s abandoned houses

Urban farming and community gardens are now flourishing in the bankrupt city of Detroit: some 1,400 green spaces of this kind are spread across the city’s 139 square miles. They could be a good alternative too for the thousands of abandoned houses haunting the streets. Artist Andy Malone purchased a vacant lot for $500, and decided to turn it...
MINI creates an urban forest in London

MINI creates an urban forest in London

A year after its Co-Living installation at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, MINI pursues its exploration of architectural solutions to urban living challenges. During the design festival held in London last September, MINI installed a three-part urban forest, designed by Asif Khan. MINI Living chose three underused spaces in the streets of London for its installations, creating intimate...
Tiny houses are about to pop up on Berlin rooftops

Tiny houses are about to pop up on Berlin rooftops

As it becomes more and more difficult to find an affordable place to live in big cities, two German architects have developed a smart housing solution: tiny houses located on unused rooftops. By the end of 2016, Berlin’s rooftops will be the first to greet these 250-square-foot cabins (about 20 square meters), powered by solar panels, and...
An app to improve children's safety in the streets of Oslo

An app to improve children’s safety in the streets of Oslo

If you want to make your city a safer place for kids, the best way to achieve this is certainly to listen to them. Vibeke Rørholt came to the same conclusion when the city of Oslo wanted to encourage the city’s children to walk or bike to school. He created the Traffic Agent app, on which children can easily report...