Ideas for developing infrastructure at Elstedhøj, Denmark with inspiration from Zürich

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The transformation of energy

During this well moderated and informative 1-hour event on the transformation of energy, I learned, for example, this:

  • From minute 3: The downward trend in the price of oil will continue. Investments in oil are declining.
  • From minute 10: The price of solar energy has reduced dramatically. Technology innovations have helped solar panels to generate energy much more efficiently. Price reductions in solar energy will increase. In China, investments in renewable energies – including solar energy – will increase considerably.
  • From minute 20: Renewable energies are developing into a main fuel. In particular, wind energy and solar energy are in focus. The driving forces are emerging economies with China, India, and Brazil as strong growth engines.
  • From minute 31: The price of batteries is decreasing – leading to increasing usage. In particular, the use of batteries in transportation will increase and drive further innovation. Electric vehicles are key in driving growth in the use of batteries.
  • Minute 59: The increase in demand for energy will increase considerably.

As you watch / listen to the event, please note the moderator’s strong moderation skills / facilitation skills, for example in

  • asking short, concrete questions – including follow up questions – to each of the panelists.
  • involving other participants in the room by inviting them to ask short, concrete questions. In this regard, notice how the moderator follows up on the question of a participant at minute 48 and asks the person to better explain what he means and be more explicit – thereby helping the person asking the question to add more detailed information.

Additional research on innovation in renewable energy.

Zürich is becoming a more bicycle friendly city

At nextzuerich.ch  I noticed that a large number of ideas have been communicated about making Zürich a more bicycle friendly city. So as I saw this invitation to the event Nextsalon Velocity, I decided to participate to help contribute to making Zürich a more bicycle friendly city.

At the event, I found it very interesting to share ideas with other participants about what we can do to improve conditions for everyone moving from a to b in Zürich. I found it fascinating that the event was complemented by work on the internet, for example on nexzuerich.ning.com, facebook, nextzuerich.ch, and on ronorp.net.

In this blog posting, I read that to be an innovator, you have to be a relentlessly curious anthropologist and a keen-eyed ethnographer, so with a mobile electronic device, I walked / cycled / drove around the city to take photos of the areas in Zürich where I have experienced there is a strong potential for making conditions better – not least for people who use 2 wheel / 3 wheel vehicles with or without engine / battery.

Below are some more experiences / ideas / inspiration on making cities more bicycle friendly:

Bicycle friendly cities

Some ideas for cities that want to become more bicycle friendly. What would you add?

 

Rebuilding the Western part of Aarhus in Denmark

As I was in Denmark this Summer visiting my mother, I took the opportunity  to visit the Western part of Aarhus, a part of the city that is undergoing significant transformation. Due to my interest in innovating work and living environments, I found it interesting to observe some of the changes going on in the area which will contribute to improving the lives of people. While I was there, I made the 1 minute video embedded below. To know more about the rebuilding work that is going on in the area, have a look at Helhedsplan Gellerup.

Ideas for hospitals

An update to a report / e-book with ideas for hospitals:

 

People in Hamburg are changing the way they move from a to b

Reading this article and this article, I learned that Hamburg is working on a plan that, over the next 15-20 years, is going to expand the number of green spaces considerably. The hamburg green network will connect parks, recreational areas, playgrounds, gardens, and cemeteries through green paths. These changes are not least being made, as I have understood it, to respond to environmental changes such as increasing temperatures and sea levels and – more generally – to make the city a healthier and more pleasant place to live.

Digital technologies contribute to changes that are going on in the way people get from a to b. Via betahaus hamburg, I learned, for example, about citeecar. What I like about the solution of citeecar is, for example, that it is simple to understand – and a relatively inexpensive transportation solution. In short, it seems to be a carsharing solution for the average joe. Studying other transportation innovation initiatives around Hamburg, I also found out that by using the hvv mobile app you can actually save money when you buy your ticket online. And I learned that in Hamburg,  transportation by bicycle is being upgraded in priority – as this nexthamburg idea also suggests. For example, I was quite impressed by StadtRAD Hamburg, a very well developed bike sharing solution that enables people to pick up and leave bicycles at any StadtRAD Hamburg station that are situated – quite close to each other – all over city. The StadtRAD Hamburg bike sharing solution is, I noticed, very popular among the local population. Lots of people use the bikes to get from a to b. What I found great, for example, was the very good quality of the bikes and also, that within the first ½ hour of a rental, you use the bike you rent for free. In addition, I liked the very well developed bicycle streets in Hamburg that, as you can see from the photo below, are painted red.  On the photo, the bicycle path is the right part of the sidewalk.

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Want more inspiration on the topic? Then take a look at this presentation about bicycle friendly cities And in this work on transportation innovation  I have tried to pinpoint some further, broader changes going on in the transportation / mobility space. Have a good time getting around.