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City: More sustainable and smarter

Growing urban populations and climate change means that we must devise smart city models that respect the environment. We have to think about the cities of the future now and planning this must involve a targeted approach. “Sustainable cities” must meet environmental and social requirements. Governmental and European policies are now putting forward several ways of addressing these issues. Bouygues Construction is already committed to using a number of these methods. This involves designing cities per district for example or by preserving urban biodiversity. As a result, eco-neighbourhoods and eco-cities are part of the new urban landscape.

The Smart City concept revolves around the main principles in respecting the environments and how city actors work together in a network. The Smart Grid is an example of a tool used in a Smart City. This term signifies a smart electrical grid, using the latest IT technology to optimise electrical production, distribution and consumption.
Bouygues Construction is already working on providing new electrical mobility services and on optimising vehicle charging.

Still engaged with change after ninety years

Although the HLM movement will soon be a hundred years old, it is still calmly and determinedly addressing the challenges it must face: providing homes, of course, but also accommodating changes in society. Energy transition, climate change, regional sustainability, and the shift to digitalisation are all taken into account.

Cities to be: “From aspirational metropolis to inspirational city”

Providing levers for attaining the goals of sustainable development, such is the ambition of Cities to Be. In concrete terms, this means pooling experiences, solutions and best practices, generating momentum among the territories, and persuading players of the building sector to commit to such goals. All in the aim of creating a denser, more resilient city that offers, quite simply, a pleasant way of life.

Ikea is developing SolarVille, a solar Smart City project

And what if IKEA were set to sell us not flat-packed furniture but pre-packed Smart City kits? This is just what the Swedish giant seems to be working on, if its latest announcement is anything to go by. Named SolarVille, the project designed by Space10, its in-house innovation lab, can power a community with solar energy by way of a smart microgrid using blockchain technology.

Reuse – the fourth pillar of the circular economy

The idea of reusing materials resulting from renovation or demolition work is gaining momentum. It has to be said that it is very attractive since by reviving this age-old practice, there is indeed much to be gained - new means of recycling, low-cost materials, improved carbon footprint during activities, etc... The list is long. All that remains is to remove any barriers.

Experiencing smart cities

Whether you call it a smart city, a connected city or, even better, a smart region, digitalisation is primarily all about improving and offering new services to citizens and then to the persons behind local policies in order to allow them to run the city more effectively.

Cities and mobilities #1 An encounter with Virginie Alonzi

Urban projects, infrastructures, recharging stations for electric vehicles, Smart City ... The world of mobilities is changing every day and various different factors of it influence our daily lives. Introducing our series of expert testimonials on the subject. The first contribution is from Virginie Alonzi, Outlook Director at Bouygues Construction. She discusses the innovative solutions that are arising in the wake of emerging uses?

The Olympic Games: a powerful lever for regional development

The Olympic and Paralympic Games represent a wonderful opportunity to rethink the regions through ambitious urban projects. This event associated with the Greater Paris area will enable the capital to perfect its status as a global city and accelerate the transformation of the Ile-de-France department. Spotlight on the impact of the Olympic Games on our cities and on the economic benefits derived from the magic of Olympism.

A new Health & Prevention space

Take advantage of the Smart City Congress in Barcelona and discover the solutions offered by Linkcity, real estate subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, for a city that is smarter and more efficient with regard to health.

Will electrical cars be mandatory by the year 2030?

Are European car manufacturers poised to switch to all-electric? On 10 September, MEPs in Brussels gave their support for draft legislation setting a 45% reduction in CO2 emissions from cars and vans under 3.5 tonnes by the year 2030, with an intermediate target of 20% by 2025. A much more ambitious roadmap than that of the European Commission, which tabled plans for a 30% reduction by 2030.

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