re:farm the city

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EUKN - France - About EUKN

The European Urban Knowledge Network facilitates the exchange of demand-driven knowledge and experience on urban issues. EUKN supports policy makers and practitioners across Europe in developing effective urban policy and to promote the vitality of Europe’s towns and cities. 17 EU Member States, EUROCITIES, the URBACT Programme and the European Commission participate in EUKN.

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refarm the city :: open source tools for urban farmers | openMaterials

Refarm the city (aka re:farm) is a collective project started and led by Hernani Dias with the purpose of developing open source software and hardware tools for urban farmers.

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About - Refarm the city

refarm the city are tools of open software and hardware for urban farmers.<br />
is a mix of a good meal (the crop, the friends, the seeds, ...) , hardware (the urban farm, the composter, the electronics, the sensors, recycled materials, ...), software (build a farm according to your personal needs, your local vegetables, local gastronomy, ...) that will give you the tools to design, control and manage your farm during her life.

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espace approprié

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New Bike Share System by RAFAA (CH)

New Bike Share System in Copenhagen by RAFAA
The Zurich based architect and designer Rafael Schmidt submitted this new bike sharing system to a competition which was organised within last year’s International Climate Conference in Copenhagen. The system involves a comprehensive architectural intervention into the urban centre.
New Bike Share System in Copenhagen by RAFAA
“The Bike Share System must become more than just a transporting system. It deals not only with the problem of stocks and flows of people, but must add extra value to its user and to the city itself. We suggest that the Bike Share System becomes an integral part of the city. The bicycles should function as censors and inform the system about certain behaviours, so that the system can react according to the situation.To predict the performance of a system, the entities have to exchange information. An internet-based platform can analyse the different interests and could then manage possible conflicts. The bicycles are equipped with GPS und W-Lan, so they are connected to each order and can inform the system about their position and status. (Is a bike being used? Where is the bike and where is it moving to? Is there a reservation for the bike? etc.) Privacy protection is a matter that has to be taken into account in the process. To increase the number of commuters travelling by bicycle from 37% to 50% by 2015, approx. 25.000 bicycles have to be integrated into the urban fabric; these bikes will need at least 20.000 m2 of storage space. We see a high risk of overloading the squares, streets and stations of Copenhagen. Therefore, our focus is to reduce the „visual pollution“ wherever possible. At the same time, easy accessibility as well as the system’s visual presence has to be maintained (hide & show policy). The following proposal distinguishes between three different trajectory scales: S,M and L.”
New Bike Share System in Copenhagen by RAFAA
New Bike Share System in Copenhagen by RAFAA
New Bike Share System in Copenhagen by RAFAA
New Bike Share System in Copenhagen by RAFAA
more information about the project

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