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August 29 2014

Strasbourg, France Tests Reduced Traffic Fines for Cyclists – Are They Effective?

August 29th, 2014Posted by 

Since November 2012, Strasbourg, France has been experimenting with reduced fines, created exclusively for cyclists. Instead of paying a fine of 90 euros, cyclists benefit from a tariff of 45.60 euros, used for ten different infractions. Two years later, where are we? Are these fines actually effective? Two years ago, Strasbourg became the object of […]

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August 26 2014

Bordeaux, France Encouraging Public Transportation Users to Walk Instead of Ride?

August 26th, 2014Posted by 

In order to relieve congestion on downtown tramway lines, a marketing campaign plans to suggest that users of Bordeaux’s TBC choose to walk between certain stations. It’s the world turned upside down: a public transportation operator inciting its customers to walk rather than use the tramway! This is what Keolis, manager of the TBC network […]

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August 22 2014

In Plessis-Gassot Garbage Provides First-ever Source of Methane Energy in France

August 22nd, 2014Posted by 

The commune of Plessis-Gassot [in the Île de France region] has just opened a power plant that will furnish the amount of energy equivalent to the consumption of 41,200 households, thanks to methane produced by the fermentation of non-recyclable waste. This is a first for France and a shining example of an original initiative. Power generated from […]

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August 22 2014

We Have LRT, Now What? Ottawa’s Next Transit Challenge

August 22nd, 2014Posted by 

In 2018, Ottawa’s new light rail transit (LRT), the thirteen station Confederation Line, will go into service. Arriving in Ottawa, I was impressed to see the Canadian city making progress on transit, instead of getting mired in debates about what kind to build and wavering between proposals, as has been the case in Toronto. Ottawa’s success comes in part from […]

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August 21 2014

Solar Decathlon Europe 2014: Versailles, France Explores Dwellings of the Future

August 21st, 2014Posted by 

Following two years of work – from the conception to the construction of the 1-to-1 scale buildings – and 17 days of exhibition and competition in the gardens of Versailles Palace, on July 12, 2014, the 800 participants of the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition saw the prizes of the competition awarded. Press Release: Organized […]

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August 21 2014

8,000 Families in Minas Gerais, Brazil Face Mass Eviction & Displacement

August 21st, 2014Posted by 

More than 8,000 families will be evicted from their homes without alternative accommodation in the near future. The government of the state of Minas Gerais said that they are planning a “mega-operation” that will dislodge the families of three communities of the Isidoro region in the city of Belo Horizonte. Legal experts say the process […]

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August 20 2014

Redevelopment & Community Garden Controversy in La Querelle, Brussels, Belgium

August 20th, 2014Posted by 

The neighborhood of la Querelle, located in the heart of Les Marolles, is due to benefit from a profound renewal. This construction, which will be launched soon, is bound to offer a better living environment for the tenants of various tower blocks, as well as to all residents of this historic neighborhood. Born from a […]

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August 19 2014

Self-Service Scooters are the Next Form of Communal Transportation in Paris?

August 19th, 2014Posted by 

The parisian family of environmentally-friendly vehicles could very well be enlarged! After the famous Vélib’, self-service bikes, and Autolib’, public electric car sharing service, Scootlib’is set to be the next to enlarge the ranks of alternatives for getting around the capital. Zoom with Scootlib’, Paris’ self-service scooters! Self-Service Scooters The City of Paris has expressed […]

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August 19 2014

Thessaloniki, Greece’s Twelve Apostles’ Square is Changing

August 19th, 2014Posted by 

The project had an initial budget of 937,500 Euros and an actual of 478,787 Euros, and is expected to be completed within nine months. The contract, which was signed on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, included the rehabilitation of Paparrigopoulou, Saint Apostles and Olympou Streets; the small path that crosses between the Walls. It also included […]

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August 19 2014

Rio de Janeiro Creates New Urban Policy Organization for Mayorial Cooperation

August 19th, 2014Posted by 

Over the course of the next decade, the number of industries and logistics companies (who look after the transport and storage of goods) is expected to double in the state of Rio Grande, Brazil. The question for planners is how to decide which areas are best suited to receive these new ventures in a densely […]

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August 18 2014

Evaluating 10 Years of Redevelopment: Urban Renewal in Clichy-sous-Bois, France

August 18th, 2014Posted by 

Rows of low-rise buildings and litter have disappeared from the field of view of residents living in the neighborhoods of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil. At the end of an ambitious urban renewal project begun ten years ago, this neighborhood located in the Seine-Saint-Denis department just outside of Paris is barely recognizable. “They had to change something, […]

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August 18 2014

Expo 2015: Making or Breaking the City of Milan, Italy?

August 18th, 2014Posted by 

Milan, Italy has been chosen to host the Universal Exhibition in 2015. Expo 2015 will take place from May 1, 2015 until October 31, 2015, and is set to draw millions of visitors from Italy and all over the world. The event provides a showcase for important urban development and job opportunities. It also focuses on fundamental issues […]

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August 15 2014

Contactless Services Make City Life Easier in Nice, France

August 15th, 2014Posted by 

Four years after first being set up in Nice, France, contactless payment establishes itself as a part of everyday French life. Transportation, tourism, commerce, parking…the number of ways this technology can be used to simplify people’s lives continue to multiply. When Nice transitioned over to contactless services in 2010, the city acted as a pioneer. […]

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August 14 2014

Montreal, Canada Presents Info-Neige Challenge for Smart Snow Removal

August 14th, 2014Posted by 

Today, on July 3, 2014, Vice President of the Executive Committee on Information Technologies, the Smart City, Administrative Reform and Youth Harout Chitilian, accompanied by Vice President of the Committee on Public Security and Citizen Services Anie Samson, announced the Info-Neige Challenge, in collaboration with the Notman House and the creativity and collaboration consulting firm […]

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August 14 2014

How Will Google Design the New São Paulo, Brazil Campus for Entrepreneurs?

August 14th, 2014Posted by 

This week, Google announced that São Paulo, Brazil will host a Google Campus for Entrepreneurs in order to create a shared workplace oriented towards entrepreneurs in the technology sector who are starting their own business. Google provides training, guidance, and investor and developer contacts with the will to put the entrepreneurs’ ideas into practice. Similar […]

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August 13 2014

Smart Snow Removal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

August 13th, 2014Posted by 

In the future, snow removal in Montreal will be done more efficiently, and it will be accompanied by more information provided to citizens. This will be done with the launch of the Info-Snow Challenge, which is part of the Montreal, Smart and Digital City program. Following a co-creation event held in May dealing with the same […]

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August 13 2014

Farewell to The Grid from Marilena Mela in Florence, Italy

August 13th, 2014Posted by 

When I applied to be a blogger for The Grid six months ago, I was in a phase of my life when I knew I should try a new creative activity. I was towards the end of my studies in the Architecture school, and eager to share my newly formed thoughts about architecture and urbanism. Although I […]

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August 13 2014

Can The City Of Baltimore, Maryland Use Tech Hacks To Solve Community Issues?

August 13th, 2014Posted by 

In the last two years, the City of Baltimore has made progress improving access to City services through the use of technology, specifically with web and mobile applications. At the epicenter of this progress has been the launch of Open Baltimore and the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, two sources where data can be searched and mined for […]

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August 13 2014

Government Technology Facilitates a “New City” in Lincoln, Nebraska

August 13th, 2014Posted by 

With the rise of the technological era, city governments are rapidly realizing the importance of harnessing this scientific know-how in order to provide an optimal environment for their citizens. Through marketing and the creation of new and renovated built environments, members of society can get excited about having something fresh and new to look forward […]

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August 13 2014

The Grid’s Top 20 Websites for Engineers of 2014 – Highlighting the Top 10

August 13th, 2014Posted by 

Last year, for the first time, The Grid introduced the Top 20 Websites for Engineers of 2013. We’ve now returned with an updated list, including different rankings and two new names, The South African Institution of Civil Engineering and National Council of Structural Engineers Association. Thanks to Alexa Analytics, we were able to find out […]

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