Cities For Life : global action for more inclusive cities

Cities For Life : global action for more inclusive cities

Last 21st and 22nd of November was held the second edition of Cities for Life. JCDecaux was a partner of this Global Summit on inclusive, smart and resilient cities. Following the results of Habitat III, this international mobilization was the first meeting of cities under the aegis of the UN, OECD, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, to...
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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Shop at the bus stop with Jumbo

The Dutch supermarket Jumbo experimented a virtual bus-stop-supermarket for those who have little time to shop. In Utrecht, a small city of the Netherlands, a bus stop was covered with their top selling products. A dedicated smartphone app allowed customers to scan and purchase this selection, which was then delivered to their homes. This nomad virtual...
Airbnb is turning into a travel agency with Experiences

Airbnb is turning into a travel agency with Experiences

Airbnb introduced its “next chapter” during the Airbnb Open, a “festival of hosting” that took place in Los Angeles on November 17th. The CEO, Brian Chesky, announced big changes for the business model of the company, with the intention to suggest tours and organized events as part of Airbnb’s services. Called “Experiences”, the new offer will sell tours and...
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Take a spatial ride with UberMARS

MARS, a new TV show produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, follows the adventures of a scientific team colonizing the red planet. On the occasion of its release, the National Geographic channel and Uber offered people to take a ride in an UberMARS in the streets of Paris. Inspired by the first Rovers sent to Mars for geological studies, the...
What happens when passengers can take their bike on a train for free ?

What happens when passengers can take their bike on a train for free ?

You might be surprised, but the result of this policy is far from chaos and passenger loss. The Greater Copenhagen and Danish State Railways (DSB) decided in 2010 that bicycles would travel for free on all their trains of the red S-line. DSB made this decision based on the simple intuition that more passengers would take the train with their...
The days of easy growth are over for cities

The days of easy growth are over for cities

Experts often talk about rapid urbanisation and the growth of urban population. If it is a global trend, not every city is actually growing. Depending on the region, some of them are even shrinking, or will decline soon, according to a McKinsey demographic report. From 2015 to 2025, the population could decline in 17% of large cities in developed...
Meet the most colourful town in the world

Meet the most colourful town in the world

In Guatapé, a little town in the Antioquia Department of Colombia, colours are kind of a religion. All buildings are entirely covered with vivid paintings that have various meanings. Some of them indicate local businesses, or the beliefs of residents. They can also depict scenes of the farming culture, or simply be there for aesthetic pleasure....
BMW promotes winter tyres with a moving billboard

BMW promotes winter tyres with a moving billboard

Winter can be harsh sometimes in Belgium. Although winter tyres are not compulsory in the country, they reduce the braking distance compared to summer wheels, and increase safety on roads during snowy episodes. BMW and the agency Air created “The Moving Billboard” to show the difference. Located after traffic lights in a street of Brussels, the billboard slid...
A sea of books in Toronto’s streets

A sea of books in Toronto’s streets

The Spanish collective Luzinterruptus transformed a street of Toronto into a river of books during the “Nuit Blanche” all night cultural event, with its installation “Literature vs Traffic“. With at least 10,000 books, this interactive light installation temporarily conquers public space, providing an enchanted interlude to a street traditionally occupied by cars. In the digital era,...
Planting trees could save your life

Planting trees could save your life

By 2050, the vast majority of humanity will live in cities. Our urban world will have to face many challenges, and among them is the air quality. Air pollution already causes 3.2 million deaths per year, and things could get worse in a few decades: a study from the World Health Organization forecasts that fine particulate...
Direct Line invents a drone that lights your path home

Direct Line invents a drone that lights your path home

Are you afraid of the dark? Have you ever struggled to walk back home through dark, empty streets? The British insurance company Direct Line designed Fleetlights, a prototype fleet of flying torch drones that help people feel safer when they go back home at night. Once ordered on the app, the drones light the path for your journey home, by using...
Uber uses drones to promote UberPOOL in the traffic jams of Mexico

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...