Orange partnering the Urban Transformations exhibition
To raise public awareness of the issues involved with widescale urbanization, Orange is supporting the “Urban Mutations, the city is ours!” exhibition, which is being held in La Villette from June 14, 2016 to March 5, 2017.
Urbanization, a global phenomenon
The year 2008 was when the percentage of people living in cities exceeded the rural population. According to a study conducted by Navigant Research, this global trend looks set to continue: it estimates that 75% of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2050. A planetary phenomenon that is being driven by several factors such as demographic growth or the ageing of the population.
With this new concentration, cities face a major challenge: providing the majority of the planet's 9 billion inhabitants with food, housing, energy and transport, while moving forward with the vital energy transition. These major challenges are driving urban, industrial, political, citizen, energy and landscape transformations, initiatives and innovations.
Tomorrow's city will be technological
The success of urban transformations will be dependent to a great extent on technological developments. These developments will make it possible to optimize the organization of tomorrow's urban centers, while rationalizing our energy consumption and refining our knowledge of mechanisms for living together. The city is dead, long live the smart city!
Orange is working on future solutions that will enable better urban integration, such as:
- connected parking with street sensors connected to smartphones or devices, making it possible to inform drivers when parking spaces are available,
- mobile apps like “My City in My Pocket”, which group together all of a city's practical information in real time (transport, library, cafeteria, tourism, restaurants, sports facilities or events), from several sources,
- use of data to make citizens’ lives easier,
- development of connected devices to optimize building and transport energy consumption.
Urban transformation in the spotlight at La Villette
The “Urban Mutations, the city is ours!” exhibition will be at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie through to March 5, 2017. This educational event, which has already welcomed 86,000 visitors, looks at the many different transformations facing our cities. It presents a selection of initiatives and innovations that may make it possible to meet the challenge of urbanization, through a series of original interactive displays that encourage visitors to ask themselves questions about urban integration:
- data-visualization and audio tools to understand the various challenges with urbanization,
- a multimedia map of the experimental urban initiatives rolled out in Paris,
- a video tour of cities that have put in place groundbreaking urban regeneration policies, such as Detroit (USA) and Medellin (Colombia).
Alongside this exhibition, a series of conferences are being held on future cities and their utopias.
“Urban Mutations, the city is ours!” exhibition
From June 14, 2016 to March 5, 2017
La Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie
30 avenue Corentin Cariou
75019 Paris, France