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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The sky is the limit

The sky is the limit

Buildings of the old Budapest can be architectural marvels. Photographer Zsolt Hlinka decided to change the way we normally perceive our building environment by choosing a new perspective for his “100 year-old houses” series. His photographs, taken while looking up, use the buildings themselves to frame the sky, bringing contrast and depth. Buildings create long tunnels...
And the riskiest place to live is in... Vanuatu !

And the riskiest place to live is in… Vanuatu !

With natural disasters on average affecting more than a third of the population each year, Vanuatu is considered as the riskiest place to live in the world, according to the World Risk Report 2016. The global report takes into account the frequency of natural disasters in each country, as well as their level of equipment to resist...
Ikea will open a pop-up restaurant in Paris

Ikea will open a pop-up restaurant in Paris

Ikea is not only famous for its furniture, but also for its typical meatballs you can eat after a long wander through its alleys. But the last food scandal about the origin of the meat used by Ikea affected its image. To restore its image, the Swedish brand is opening a pop-up café called Krogen from 7th...
Japan now has more electric car charging spots than gas stations

Japan now has more electric car charging spots than gas stations

It’s official: the number of charging spots surpass the number of gas stations in Japan. Nissan Motor Co. announced this surprising fact, reporting 40,000 charging points, including fast-chargers and those in homes, versus the 34,000 gas stations currently trading in the country. This figure shows the quick development of charging infrastructure, which allows drivers of electric vehicles to...
Uber is increasingly seen as a transportation option in Moovit app

Uber is increasingly seen as a transportation option in Moovit app

Real-time transit application Moovit just expanded its partnership with Uber to cover 22 countries worldwide. If the integration was already available in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Rome for the past few months, the option is now available in another 127 cities. The partnership includes Uber among the different route options suggested to the users. Ordering an Uber for...
This, Madame, is Versailles

This, Madame, is Versailles

To promote the famous Palace of Versailles, French railway company SNCF decided to transform the RER C urban train line. 5 trains of this commuter rail, which stop at Versailles, were laminated with iconic views of the cultural site. Passengers can enjoy the Hall of Mirrors, the royal gardens designed by Le Nôtre or the...
A giant "straddling bus" to ease the traffic of Chinese cities ?

A giant “straddling bus” to ease the traffic of Chinese cities ?

Chinese cities are suffering from pollution and traffic congestion. And it won’t get better: China is expecting 20 million new drivers on the roads each year. A futuristic transport solution might partly solve these traffic issues: a giant straddling bus travelling above the roads on special tracks, allowing regular cars to drive underneath. Exhibited at the 19th international...
Tropicana offers you a drink

Tropicana offers you a drink

No time for breakfast this morning? Tropicana quenches your thirst with this new outdoor campaign. The drink brand unveiled a 5m-tall digital billboard at Westfield, London, dispensing free orange juice. More than promoting the famous orange juice, the other goal of the campaign is educational: Tropicana wants to inform passers-by about the health benefits of consuming just a glass of orange...
The urban revolution is also a sustainable one

The urban revolution is also a sustainable one

If people want to save the planet, they should move to New York City (or any other big city). This affirmation comes from “Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution“, a new book written by Janette Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow. The former commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation provides quantity of figures about the sustainability of cities in her book. According to...
A translucent wood for the skyscrapers of tomorrow

A translucent wood for the skyscrapers of tomorrow

A French architect created a material that could revolutionize the construction industry: a translucent, rot-resistant wood. Timothée Boitouzet is one of the 2016 “Innovators Under 35” selected by the MIT Technology Review for his invention. Inspired by Japanese architecture, the young inventor conceived a “super-wood” as resistant as concrete, replacing the air contained by the raw material...
Will you dare to climb the tallest climbing-wall billboard ?

Will you dare to climb the tallest climbing-wall billboard ?

Toyota and Saatchi agency  challenged rock-climbers with this creative campaign in the centre of Times Square, NYC. To promote the new RAV4, Toyota created the tallest outdoor climbing wall ever built in New York City. A 120-foot billboard that takes pro-climbers about 15 minutes to climb. An outstanding spot for a climbing session, don’t you think? Creative Guerilla...
Kit Kat offers you a break with a massaging billboard

Kit Kat offers you a break with a massaging billboard

Urban life is often stressful. Kit Kat, the “break expert”, offers you the opportunity to relax in a very original way with the world’s first massaging billboard. The company partnered with JWT to create this unique experience in Colombia. The billboards were all equipped with built-in vibrating massagers. You just need to lean against it to...