saint etienne biennale 08: sustainable mobility at 'city eco lab'
nov 19, 2008
saint etienne biennale 08: sustainable mobility at 'city eco lab'


‘solar sound system, 3S’ by cédric carles for atelier2cé/association for the development of renewable energy, 1998
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one of the main exhibitions of this year’s design biennale in saint-etienne is ‘city eco lab’, curated by
john thackara. held inside fabrique 5000 at the cité du design site, the projects presented in the show
follow the theme of trying to contribute to a sustainable world, with particular interest on the
‘green’ development of saint-étienne. one of main focuses is sustainable mobility in the urban environment.
the ‘city eco lab’ explores different modes of transportation which businesses, associations, designers
and local authorities offer as means of getting around.


photovoltaic panels of the solar powered dj system
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the ’3S’ is a solar powered unit which is equipped with a sound system and record decks which run on direct
solar energy or on batteries charged by solar energy. this dj system can adapt to various configurations
depending on the user’s energy needs and can be dismantled and set-up for use at musical events or traveling
workshops for both indoors and outdoors.


solar tricycle ‘charette solaire 3S2′ by cédric carles for atelier2cé/pré en bulle, 2008
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an electric quad bike for la poste, france’s postal system
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la poste is making efforts to consider cleaner modes of delivering over 30 billion items annually. this electric
quadricycle emits no greenhouse gases, and is currently in use on postal routes. the vehicle is meant to replace
motorized two-wheel vehicles and is designed for urban and suburban areas, pedestrian zones and other
commercial and industrial areas. it has the ability to transport up to 150 kg and is suitable for tarmac and paths.
annually, it has the potential to save up to 6,000 tonnes of CO2.


electric power-assisted bicycle for la poste, 2007
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this post bicycle is designed to comfortably transport 45 kg of mail by reducing the effort of pedalling by
up to 70%. la poste is planning on distributing these bicycles to 6,000 postmen and women.


tricycle by nihola france
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cargo bicycle for transport in saint-étienne, les coursier verts
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‘atelier vélomobile’ is a tricycle-mounted workshop which was designed by didier arnoux, 1998 for pré-en-bulle
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besides more contemporary forms of sustainable mobility, the exhibition takes a look at other transportation
methods as well. this bicycle’s main function was to act as a mobile workshop which repairs
and makes alterations to bicycles. the idea behind the bicycle is to provide young people with the tools to repair
their own two-wheelers. technical support is given by a community worker who runs the mobile workshop.


the vehicle is equipped with tools and other workshop materials
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delivery tricycle system for two of saint-étienne companies: casino and manufrance.
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casino was one of the first food retailers to make home deliveries, and they did so through the use of a tricycle.
manufrance, the french arms and bicycle manufacturer promoted the three-wheel bicycles as a way of
improving sales through home deliveries. the tricycles for manufrance were sold under the ‘hirondelle’ brand.

related
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solar powered vehicles

more
atélier2cé: http://www.atelier2ce.org
association for the development of renewable energy: http://www.ader.ch/expo
la poste: http://www.laposte.fr
nihola: http://www.nihola.fr
pré-en-bulle: http://www.preenbulle.ch
saint-étienne international design biennale: http://biennalesaint-etienne.citedudesign.com
cité du design: http://www.citedudesign.com

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