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Célia Blauel: “Cities have a head start in terms of energy transition”

Célia Blauel: “Cities have a head start in terms of energy transition”

Célia Blauel describes the policies in place for Paris to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The Paris councillor, in charge of the environment, mentions the will of the city to reign back on the concessions it made in terms of energy and to continue the struggle by locally elected officials for greater energy decentralisation.

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Marcel Chouraqui : “Innovation hinges as much on verticality as on the environment for living”

The director general of Adivbois explains the objectives and aims of the Wood Buildings for Living competition which allowed to launch 13 projects in twenty-four places and 12 high-rise wood buildings projects.

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Subway : Train stations as living spaces

More digital, multimodal, open to the city, metro stations have mutated from walk-through places into living spaces, with a new architectural ambition. A trailblazer in this area, Etienne Tricaud, former president of Arep, talks about the increased importance of the architectural dimension when designing metro stations.

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Subway : The challenge of integrating a metro network in a city

Whether located underground or on viaducts, the new metro system meets the different requirements of the operators as well as technical constraints. 25 km long and serving 15 stations, the planned metro for the Colombian capital will run on a U-shaped viaduct allowing rapid construction.

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Subway : Digital from conception to operation

The digital revolution affects all the components of a metro network: from BIM design to new mobile services even accessible in tunnels. The ‘Société du Grand Paris’, the company that is project managing the future metro station in the Ile-de-France region, has asked from all the project partners that they use a Building Information Modelling (BIM) approach, thus trailblazing new professional standards.

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Subway : Anticipating future technologies

Because of the build time required, metro projects cannot anticipate changes in automation or systems. They must therefore plan to adapt.

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Deepki is putting data to work for property management

Using a building’s individual data file, this Paris-based SME is optimising real estate management through complete digitisation. It aggregates and analyses existing data to detect and assess potential cost and energy savings.

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Energy transition : Forsee Power ramps up production for public transport sector

Boosted by strong demand for electric public transport, the French designer and manufacturer of smart batteries for urban mobility is creating an industrial facility in Poitiers and recruiting 300 staff.

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DIVD : The 21 sites where smart cities are being built French style

Connected, sustainable, but also inclusive: the cities of tomorrow are springing up each and every day, right across France. At the forefront are the 21 industrial demonstrators of urban sustainability where the French state, local communities and private firms are trialling the most innovative solutions. So that the “smart city – French style” can take its place amongst great French exports on the world stage.

Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières Explorers of the city of the future

Experts in city biodiversity, the founders of the XTU architectural firm are working hard to design a "sober, dense and resilient" metropolis of the future. From Gyeonggi in South Korea to San Francisco in California, they showcase French architectural innovation.

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Christian de Portzamparc: “Greater quality is possible at ground level because we can now acquire additional air rights”

The French architect - a very visible presence in New York with buildings such as One 57 and the LVMH and Prism Towers - explains how the acquisition of air rights helps ensure greater architectural quality at ground level.

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the 21 DIVD in details

Lead, stakeholders, projects… each industrial demonstrator or urban sustainability is explained by way of identification card.

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