Castle City functions as a fortified city in its management and organisation, without fortifications
but very protective nevertheless. Autonomy is the master goal of this city, which bets on the plurality and diversity
of its inhabitants' competencies. The city is theirs, each individual is responsible for the quality of life, the good general
state of infrastructures and the lending of his or her talents in order not to depend on external resources. The city is
conceived as a competitivity cluster, aspiring to preserve its economic activity and local autonomy. Sober and solidarity-based
consumption prevails over sustainable development: here, good manners in a dense urban area is the rule. Optimisation,
performance, smart equipment and dialogue between institutions, private individuals and professionals rule Castle City.
Nora is in the bathroom. Like everyday since the beginning of her pregnancy, she takes her blood pressure.
The result is immediatly included on her digital health record booklet.
Serge receives a geolocated notification, posted by a "kindly" inhabitant: a public bench is broken.
Nora caresses her curved belly while Fred explains how Modul'home, the co-ownership service will add
a room/alveolus to their flat for the upcoming baby.
Serge is waiting in front of the automated terminal for the Modul'Auto he booked to be equipped
with a pick-up tow. Tonight, he's going to help his daughter carry a fridge.
In Castle city, pooling data is a commonly accepted rule and is supervised and managed
by citizens themselves, who can decide what will be made public or not. It is paid
in Castle Currency in order for everyone to find his groove.
Public Health is a programme using several mediums:
the platform allows everyone to visualise his own health-profile,
diagnosis-reports delivered by the medical community, and the results
recorded by their various connected devices. The platform also
enables one to automatically schedule an appointment, thus rationalizing
and facilitating planning and crowding for doctors. The public health
card and self-monitoring devices are connected to the platform, which
helps having one’s own data available at all times and to collect updates
on one’s medical data in real time. Prescriptions are digital and the
patient can order and collect his drugs at his local pharmacy-drive.
The Public Health Programme is a data exchange platform between the medical
community, public actors, statistics offices and Castle City’s citizens.
Public Health is a win-win system for every stakeholder:
the contributors are the citizens themselves, who agree to share part of
their data – made anonymous. Once combined and added to the database,
the city’s services can use them to build statistics, launch sanitary warnings
or for prevention purposes. Participating citizens are rewarded with
Castle Currency. The city can gain value from this data by selling them
to companies or pharmaceutical laboratories. The medical community
has access to individual profiles, statistics and the whole history of
the patient’s care (prescriptions and drugs).
Public health relies both on the emergence of a new legislation
that authorizes an easier use of medical data and a great
development of self-monitoring and self-quantifying
Castle City, city of the open-information: citizens are encouraged and rewarded for their citizen actions.
Urban'Action enables them to signal a problem in the public space, but also to rate the intervention
of a professional mandated by the city.
Urban’Action is an active tool for direct democracy, which offers
citizens opportunities to act concretely and a right of inspection
regarding public funding. It’s a space open to proposition, where
a citizen idea for urban planning or public service can be submitted
to the other inhabitants’ opinion.
Urban’Action is a Platform used for information purposes, as well as the city’s
administration and management and at the citizens’ disposal. It aims to
continuously accompany, improve and maintain common spaces and goods
A “kindly” Castle City inhabitant spots a broken bench or a
deteriorated lamp-post: he logs on to the online server and
reports the problem via a picture and a geolocated description.
A city’s agent completes the information by adding key words
and sends a call for tender on the platform dedicated to local
contractors. Thanks to the pictures and details, contractors can
easily draw up their estimates. The “kindly” inhabitant is rewarded
for his help with Castle Currency, which he can use in various city
services (swimming pool, shops…).
Urban’Action exists thanks to the local citizen awareness,
the willing participation of local contractors and the construction
of a specific regulation regarding digital public tenders.
The urban hives are circular buildings made of a multitude of alveolus.
They allow for a progressive construction, closely adjusted to the inhabitants demands and needs.
The urban hives comprises three elements: the internal structure
is like a spine. Rigid in the center, it receives, links and fixes
together prefabricated modules, conducts lift shafts and the various
networks. An alveolar exterior skeleton welcomes and supports
the living units. Finally, the prefabricated elements are added depending
on the inhabitants requests for openings and fusion, and assemble
as walls including networks and isolation.
Urban hives are an architectural innovation born in Castle City:
elaborated around a core structure, the building can evolve
by adding or removing living units, shopping units or offices units.
The Urban Hive is managed via the Modul’home platform,
a co-ownership service, which enables the inhabitants
to choose between the various extension-offers. Modul’home
is also a communications network dedicated to the building’s
inhabitants, owners and builder.
At the Urban Hive’s feet, the space is wide open on the city:
this pedestrian space is a privileged area for developing
corner shops and various activities (local markets, concerts,
These are the so-called Hive’s ephemeral Halles.
The Urban Hives result from several factors: the need to reduce
construction costs, the evolution of building techniques towards
lighter and evolutive structures, the generalisation of neighbourhood
networks and the new economical model of building on-demand.
In Castle City, everything is designed to be optimized, organised and rationalised.
Means of transportation are no exception to the rule. Castle City chose to have a standardised
car fleet in order to make traffic more fluid and decongest streets. It translates as tailored adaptable vehicles,
dedicated networks and reception structures.
Modul’Auto users can use a car available at any terminal or book one.
The innovation of Modul’Auto resides in their standardised conception,
which allows for the addition of numerous equipments or extensions:
2 or 4 additional seats, a cold truck, a pick-up tow… Modul’Autos adapt
to their users: families, professionals, craftsmen, etc.
Modul’Autos are modular vehicles, which function as a self-service
or by booking in a Networking logic.
The service comes with a dedicated order platform, which
enables the user to pre-order the desired modulations from
a distance. It also provides automated terminals scattered
across the city’s territory. They finalize the additions
of the cars’ extensions without humane intervention.
Just as with an automatic car wash, the user places his car at
the modulation station’s entrance and presses the “modulate”
button after selecting the correct equipment.
The network also gives access to the technical state of all
connected vehicles: if a wear or dysfunction appears,
all the user has to do is lock the vehicle and launch a repair
Modul’Auto supposes for the inhabitants of Castle City to get rid
of their individual cars, at least within the city.