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London: bringing biodiversity back to the metropolis

A black redstart singing in central London?  This extremely rare passerine bird is relocating to the city, along with a host of other wildlife species. It is the sign of a city that is giving nature back its rightful place. The resurgence of this small passerine bird is one of many proofs that radical change …

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Paris: an inhabited and ecological footbridge

The architect Vincent Callebaut created “The Green Line”, a prototype of a footbridge that “generates its own energy from renewable sources, recycles its own waste and wastewater, and optimises its needs through information and communication technologies.”. Inspired by a fish skeleton, the proposal links the Bercy Village to the Masséna district in Paris, reestablishing urban …

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Prague: managing waste collection with technology

Traditional models of waste collection are no longer in line with the rapid changes in urban areas. Fortunately, innovative solutions are coming to the market. “Cities around the world are facing challenges related to growing urbanisation, increasing waste volumes and lack of flexibility”, said Petr Hlubuček, Deputy Mayor of Prague for Environment, Infrastructure, Technical Equipment …

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Paris: sharing urban heat

In 2015, France set itself the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. To achieve this, it will be essential to reduce emissions from indoor heating. And develop innovative solutions. The roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality is partly based on a system that redistributes geothermal heat to homes and buildings in the suburbs of Paris. …

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