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#design #innovation: audacity for our regions
Creativity and innovation always stem from confrontation, from the integration and exceeding of new requirements: technical, economic, social, moral, societal... To innovate is to design solutions to address antagonisms that seem irreconcilable at first. Innovation often - if not always - entails a disruptive dimension, compelling us to step out of our old habits, our “comfort zones”.   Overcoming these antagonisms is becoming crucial to address the major social, economic, environmental and geopolitical changes - global warming, economic mutations, inclusion - but...
Emergence and growth of an adapted and resilient housing market Burkina Faso
The Northern Region remains one of the poorest regions in Burkina Faso: in 2009, 64.6% of the regional population was living below the poverty line.   In 2014, the situation deteriorated dramatically, forcing many people to migrate, mainly to Mali or the Ivory Coast, and within Burkina itself on a seasonal basis. In response to this challenge and the difficulties faced by the youth of Burkina Faso (unemployment, lack of training etc), AVN - a long-time partner of the AKGNS organisation (Union Naam of Gomponsom, province of Yako) - which federates the peasant youth...
Support to intercommunal governance in Maevatanana (AGIM, Madagascar)
The AGIM project, supported by the Volamena Public Cooperation Organisation (OPCI) (Madagascar) in collaboration with the Ensisheim-Bollwiller Intermunicipality Water Supply Syndicate and the city of Marckolsheim (France), aims at professionalising and empowering the OPCI, to help it ensure its independent functioning and financial balance, in particular through:   - improving its institutional, technical and local governance capacities; - participatory local development; - optimising management of the bus station.  ...
"Transforming my region with the people"
Card no. 01 from the guide “Demain mon territoire” (Tomorrow my Region), co-published by ADEME and the EcoMaires, is intended for elected officials to help them integrate the environment into their programme thanks to twenty information sheets providing ideas for action and examples of implemented solutions.   Mulhouse City, convinced that ecological transition requires the mobilisation of as many people as possible, gives voice to its inhabitants with the creation of the platform “Mulhouse c’est vous” (Mulhouse is you). This website from the Agency for Citizen...
Ecomairie – the first online recycling centre !
Initially launched on the perimeter of the Urban Community of Dunkirk, Ecomairie is a digital tool allowing individuals from the same region to give or sell an object which they do not use any more before it becomes surplus to requirement and ends up being thrown out.   Conceived as a website of proximity between individuals allowing the donation and sale of unused objects, doomed to end in the waste, Ecomairie is now deployed in many municipalities in France.   This device helps regions reduce the costs entailed by waste processing and create...
Urban Resilience – report: In the face of shocks and deleterious mutations, rebound rather than resist?
Being confronted and having to cope with slow and dangerous mutations, and sudden and brutal shocks, has been part of the reality of cities for a long time. They demonstrate a formidable ability to resist, adapt and be reborn.   And yet, urban resilience is particularly topical today: with increased urbanisation, cities are becoming more and more problematic areas, while contributing at the same time to increased risk. They are more than major players in risk management, by providing a relevant and effective level of action and governance.   With...
Improvement of sanitation and waste management in Mahajanga
The sanitation and waste projects in Mahajanga (ASSMA and following) are part of a logic of support to the local communal authorities, in order to reinforce their capacity in terms of project management, through training and the realisation of pilot investments.   This strengthening of local governance contributed to the structuring of a multi-stakeholder platform for the sector, integrating civil society organisations, on the model of public-private partnerships. At the same time, the Mahajanga Urban Community has developed a strategic water and sanitation plan...
"Eat good, healthy, local food in the canteens of my regionterritory."
Card no. 02 from the guide “Demain mon territoire” (Tomorrow my Region), co-published by ADEME and the EcoMaires, is intended for elected officials to help them integrate the environment into their programme thanks to twenty information sheets providing ideas for action and examples of implemented solutions.   The way we eat affects both our health and climate change. On a collective food scale, these consequences become a major issue for the municipalities.                  ...
Valenciennes – Creating the conditions of low-carbon mobility
Steering inhabitants toward eco-friendly mobility   Within the Hauts de France region, at the heart of Valenciennes and located on an island on the canalised Escaut River, a new neighbourhood is under development, with the ambition to reach zero carbon emission.   In order to urge the neighbourhood’s residents to use more sustainable mobilities, the number of parking spots will be limited (maximum 1 per housing unit), and complementary mobility solutions will be offered and encouraged: electric car-sharing, car-pooling, soft mobility...  ...
Limours living lab – the Smart City showcase for rural and peri-urban towns
Water, gas and electricity bills are among the main items of expenditure for municipalities, particularly those of medium size. The decline in state aid encourages them to find ways to better control such consumption, without proceeding to the complete renewal of their infrastructure, but by installing sensors on existing meters.   Limours, a municipality of 6700 inhabitants located in Essonne (France), wanted to set up the OCELL solution allowing the daily visualisation of the consumptions of municipal buildings, without investing in an expensive solution to...
Seizing the opportunities of the new "third industrial revolution" model in urban renewal projects
In recent history, industrial revolutions have occurred when new sources of energy and new means of communication have come together. After the first industrial revolution at the end of the 19th century resulting from the invention of the steam engine and the exploitation of coal, and after the second post-war industrial revolution born from the widespread use of electricity, oil, telephone and television, we entered the third industrial revolution of renewable energies and digital technologies.   Such is the theory elaborated by American economist Jeremy Rifkin....
La Petite Fabrique d'Ivry-Levassor: a demonstration building in eco-construction
Since September 2018, the Transition Ecological Gateway team of the Construction Department of the City of Paris has been working on a demonstrator building in eco-construction: La Petite Fabrique d'Ivry-Levassor.   This pilot project aims to search, experiment and find solutions to create buildings that have a positive impact on the environment. All the solutions developed within this project will comply with the standards applicable to a second category ERP and will be reproducible.   A zero-concrete, no-foundation building, straw and...