Jorge Chapa

 

After finishing his architecture degree at the University of Monterrey in 2001, he realized that he wanted to focus on sustainable architecture, and knew nothing about it. Foolishly thinking that it would become important in fifteen years time, he packed up his suitcases, left Mexico and headed for Australia, where he studied a Masters in Design Science at the University of Sydney. During his time in Sydney he worked as an ESD consultant and product assessor, looking at everything from the thermal performance of a building, to the environmental impacts of a particular product. Currently living in Sydney and working at the Green Building Council of Australia, he continues in his quest to learn what sustainability is and how to achieve it. He figures that it will take some time, but refuses to make any estimates.

Jorge Chapa
London’s Famous Gherkin Building Goes Green – Literally

London’s Famous Gherkin Building Goes Green – Literally

Under pressure from other more sustainable buildings popping up around the world, London's Gherkin Tower, designed by Norman Foster, has recently begun testing an innovative vegetated facade

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The New Gehry Residence in Los Angeles Sure is Shiny

The New Gehry Residence in Los Angeles Sure is Shiny

It is not often that an architecture master reinvents himself, but that is precisely what Pritzker Prize winning architect Frank Gehry has done. Gehry, who first won international recognition

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Shigeru Ban’s Incredible Cardboard Bridge Can Hold 20 People at a Time!

Shigeru Ban’s Incredible Cardboard Bridge Can Hold 20 People at a Time!

You wouldn't expect cardboard to be strong enough to build load-bearing infrastructure, but that's exactly what ingenious architect Shigeru Ban used to build a bridge across the Gardon River in

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Eureka Springs’ Open-Air Thorncrown Chapel is a Paragon of Environmental Design

Eureka Springs’ Open-Air Thorncrown Chapel is a Paragon of Environmental Design

With all the contemporary emphasis on modern sustainable architecture, sometimes we seem to forget that environmentally friendly architecture has existed for a long time. Built in 1980,

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Gigantic Water Harvesting Skyscrapers Could Solve Sudan’s Drought

Gigantic Water Harvesting Skyscrapers Could Solve Sudan’s Drought

Darfur's underground lake covers a distance of 19,110 square miles and has the potential to restore peace to a region ravaged by drought, however providing access to all that water has proven

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No! it’s a… Hostel?!

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No! it’s a… Hostel?!

The Jumbo Hostel is housed within a retrofitted 747-200 situated in the Stockholm-Arlanda airport. The jumbo jet has a long history of service - it was originally built for Singapore Airlines

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Los Angeles’ New Carver Apartments Show the Social Side of Good Design

Los Angeles’ New Carver Apartments Show the Social Side of Good Design

Photo by Iwan Baan Los Angeles' New Carver Apartments are situated in a 97 unit 57,000 square feet building that provides housing to formerly homeless elderly and disabled residents. The

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Old Subway Cars Transformed into Cool London Art Studios

Old Subway Cars Transformed into Cool London Art Studios

Located on top of an old brick warehouse in Shoreditch, London, Village Underground provides affordable studio space for young artists (around 15 pounds per week). The subway cars act as working

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Beautiful Bamboo Living Houses Take Two Days to Build

Beautiful Bamboo Living Houses Take Two Days to Build

Our fascination with prefab buildings knows no bounds -- but add bamboo to the mix and you've really got our attention. These two beautiful houses in Hawaii were recently built using bamboo as

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Self-Sufficient Eco House Reuses 95% of Existing Building Materials

Self-Sufficient Eco House Reuses 95% of Existing Building Materials

Let's say that you found yourself in a possession of a lovely site with an old and dilapidated house. What is the green thing to do? Well, the Riddel Architecture team of David Gole and Emma

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Silvertree Eco-Tower Rises in the UK

Silvertree Eco-Tower Rises in the UK

The Royal Victoria Docks in London are bursting with development, and we were excited to hear that the latest tower to take hold boasts some extraordinary eco features. Designed by Studio RHE,

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AIA’s Top Ten Green Architecture Projects of 2010

AIA’s Top Ten Green Architecture Projects of 2010

All of the projects the AIA chose show remarkable achievements in the areas of community, bioclimatic design, daylighting and air quality, good use of healthy materials, and great design for

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Zero Energy Green Tomorrow House Achieves LEED Platinum

Zero Energy Green Tomorrow House Achieves LEED Platinum

Built in the Gyeonggi Province, the Green Tomorrow house is a stunning self-sufficient emission-free residence with a fossil fuel consumption of zero. Not content with just making an incredibly

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Nunnmps Concept Office is a Workplace on Stilts

Nunnmps Concept Office is a Workplace on Stilts

While overlooking the potential location of the Nunnmps office in the outskirts of Chicago, architects from Cheungvogl wanted to minimize the project's footprint as much as possible and preserve

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Inflatable Bubbletecture Pavilion Popping Up in the UK This Summer

Inflatable Bubbletecture Pavilion Popping Up in the UK This Summer

German Architecture firm Raumlabor-Berlin has created an incredible inflatable pavilion that will be popping up in parks throughout London this summer as a mobile event space. Dubbed

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Turn Off Your Lights for Earth Hour This Weekend!

Turn Off Your Lights for Earth Hour This Weekend!

Attention all Inhabitants! This is your friendly reminder that Earth Hour 2010 takes place this weekend on March 27th at 8:30pm, so we hope you'll join us in flipping the switch and turning off

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NoMix Toilets Separate Waste, Are Super Eco-Friendly

NoMix Toilets Separate Waste, Are Super Eco-Friendly

Here is the most exciting development in toilet technology that you will see this week. The NoMix toilet has two receptacles - one for urine, and one for feces. You might not think it, but the

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Steven Holl’s LEED Platinum Horizontal Skyscraper Completed!

Steven Holl’s LEED Platinum Horizontal Skyscraper Completed!

Steven Holl's well-known design aesthetic and green credentials have made him a favorite here at Inhabitat. His latest project was conceived as a new headquarters for Shenzen Vanke Real Estate

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BREEAM Awards Showcase the Most Outstanding Green Buildings in Europe

BREEAM Awards Showcase the Most Outstanding Green Buildings in Europe

In order to receive a BREEAM Award, a project must meet rigorous green building standards and achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating or higher. As anyone who has been through a BREEAM assessment will

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Gorgeous Green Roofed High School Rises in France

Gorgeous Green Roofed High School Rises in France

Designed by French architecture firm Archi5, the Marcel Sembat High School extension is located in the Sotteville-les-Rouen region in France. It is composed of a mix of 1900's buildings that

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Honda Unveils Three Wheeled Electric 3R-C Vehicle

Honda Unveils Three Wheeled Electric 3R-C Vehicle

Honda has just revealed this incredible looking three-wheeled 3R-C concept vehicle at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show. The sleek scooter-like pod is an EV that showcases Honda's latest research into

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Portable Hydroelectric Generator is a Backpack Power Plant

Portable Hydroelectric Generator is a Backpack Power Plant

This portable new product promises energy on the go - and we don't mean a Power Bar. Bourne Energy's Backpack Power Plant is a hydroelectric generator that you can strap on just like a bookbag.

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Lotus Unveils Hybrid 414E Evora Supercar

Lotus Unveils Hybrid 414E Evora Supercar

Lotus recently unveiled its Evora 414E Hybrid concept, a sleek supercar that looks ready to take on the fabulous Tesla Roadster. Lotus has impressed us in the past with green technologies

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“Automan” Subwoofer is Made from Recycled Car Tires

“Automan” Subwoofer is Made from Recycled Car Tires

When it comes to home audio systems, a bumpin' subwoofer is a key part of the listening experience. However subwoofer cabinets can be hard on the eyes, which is why we like the Automan 500, an

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Pentagon Developing Cost-Competitive Algae For Jet Fuel

Pentagon Developing Cost-Competitive Algae For Jet Fuel

DARPA, the well known research arm of the Pentagon, has just announced that they will soon be able to transform algae into biofuel at costs that are competitive with fossil fuels. The agency is

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Casio Unveils Solar Powered G-Shock Watches

Casio Unveils Solar Powered G-Shock Watches

Apparently, manufacturing of one of the most durable wristwatches in the world was just not enough for electronics maker Casio. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the company

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Sydney Theatre to Install Second Largest Photovoltaic System in Australia

Sydney Theatre to Install Second Largest Photovoltaic System in Australia

The Sydney Theatre Company is well known for its fantastic theatrical productions and its rather famous director, Cate Blanchett, but it's also set to become the greenest theater company in the

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Solar Building Skin Turns Sydney’s Ugliest Tower into an Eco-marvel

Solar Building Skin Turns Sydney’s Ugliest Tower into an Eco-marvel

Sydney's ugliest building may soon be getting a new lease on life through to a plan to 'reskin' the entire tower with a high-performance photovoltaic skin. Architecture firm Laboratory for

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NewActon Apartments Aim to Be the Greenest in Australia

NewActon Apartments Aim to Be the Greenest in Australia

NewActon Nishi is a new apartment complex in the middle of Canberra that is aiming to be Australia's greenest residential development. But don't go thinking that this will be a boring 'green

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Qatar National Convention Center Goes for LEED Gold

Qatar National Convention Center Goes for LEED Gold

When most of us think of convention centers, we think of big empty spaces that are certainly not very environmentally friendly. That's not the case for the next generation of centers -- case in

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