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
MILAN 2008: Moroso’s Bouquet Chair by Tokujin Yoshioka

MILAN 2008: Moroso’s Bouquet Chair by Tokujin Yoshioka

The recent furniture fair in Milan has certainly made us appreciate how some of the simplest furniture pieces, like chairs, can be reinterpreted in any number of ways. Tokujin Yoshioka's Bouquet

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The Human Powered Mercedes-Benz Trailblazer

The Human Powered Mercedes-Benz Trailblazer

Today, on Earth Day, we wanted to celebrate alternate modes of transportation, and what better way to do so than showcasing a beautiful bike from Mercedes-Benz. Starting in May, MB Accesories

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FRASERS BROADWAY: Australia’s Greenest Development

Big things are happening in Sydney. First Earth Hour, which began in Sydney, went global last month. Then, the city unveiled its brand new 2030 vision, which outlines the steps that the city

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Andrew Maynard’s Suburb Eating Robot

Andrew Maynard’s Suburb Eating Robot

If the current US trends of foreclosures and suburban flight continue, one might expect that the suburbs of the future will be desolate, abandoned places. How will we ever recover those large

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Toyota Hi-CT

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Toyota Hi-CT

Odd-looking doesn't even begin to describe this hybrid concept vehicle, but the Toyota Hi-CT is a reflection of what a cool and enjoyable vehicle should look like, according to Toyota's team of

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Use CO2 to make DVDs

Use CO2 to make DVDs

There are some intriguing ideas with how to deal with the greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation - the most commonly heard being carbon sequestration. But what else could you do

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Bahrain World Trade Center Activates Wind Turbines

Bahrain World Trade Center Activates Wind Turbines

You may remember that about a year ago we brought you news of the Bahrain World Trade Center, which was designed to have three giant turbines provide power to the building. Well, this past

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Boeing Flies First Ever Battery Fuel Cell Plane!

Boeing Flies First Ever Battery Fuel Cell Plane!

Hydrogen fuel cells are not new technology but are an intriguing alternative power source. A fuel cell is a device that can convert hydrogen into electricity and is effectively a zero-emissions

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Toyota’s Lightweight 1/X Concept

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Toyota’s Lightweight 1/X Concept

It seems like every other day now that a car company announces a new concept that is redefining what it means to be an environmentally friendly vehicle. However, when Toyota says it, we tend to

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Vectrix ZEV Electric Motorbike

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Vectrix ZEV Electric Motorbike

We are always on the lookout for non-petroleum based means of transportation so its no wonder that the stylish Vectrix electric motorbike caught our attention. If you are going to live life in

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MICROCHIPS THAT RUN ON BODYHEAT

Today's microchips, while tiny, still use a fair ammount of power. This means that batteries have to be large and don't usually last very long. But what if microchips were just a little bit more

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Sustainable Towers in Malaysia by Studio Nicoletti Associati

Sustainable Towers in Malaysia by Studio Nicoletti Associati

Malaysia is no stranger to iconic buildings. Two of the tallest buildings in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers, are located in Kuala Lumpur, the country's capital. So it comes as no surprise

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Miami Art Museum by Herzog & De Meuron

Miami Art Museum by Herzog & De Meuron

When the Miami Art Museum required a new headquarters they decided to hire famous Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. They were expecting an incredible design worthy of a

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Detroit Electric is Back!

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Detroit Electric is Back!

Step right in ladies and gentlemen, and gaze at the marvels of modern technology! Allow us to show you the most amazing car of the century: The magnificent Detroit Electric, the car of summer

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10 Million Dollar X-Prize for Greener 100mpge Car

10 Million Dollar X-Prize for Greener 100mpge Car

There is nothing like a little competition to inspire everyone to design better and greener. At least that is the theory behind the Progressive Automotive X-prize, which aims to create

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TRANSPORTATION TUES: Tesla Roadster Starts Production

TRANSPORTATION TUES: Tesla Roadster Starts Production

We're not your typical car geeks here at Inhabitat, but if there is one vehicle that we go gaga for above all others it is the Tesla Roadster. The gorgeous all-electric sports vehicle drives as

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Paint on Solar Power!

Paint on Solar Power!

Installing solar panels on the roof of every new building in the world would go a long way towards solving our energy needs, but as we all know, solar panels are costly and often difficult to

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French MicroJoule concept car gets 8,923 miles per gallon

French MicroJoule concept car gets 8,923 miles per gallon

What is the most efficient vehicle on the planet? And more importantly, how far can it go on a single liter of gas? The Microjoule is your answer, getting over 3,794 kilometers per liter, or

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Volkswagen’s TDI Hybrid- The Prius Killer?

Volkswagen’s TDI Hybrid- The Prius Killer?

Some car manufacturers, like Toyota and their uber-trendy Prius, are cranking out new models that represent the hybrid car of the future. Others, like Volkswagen, are working with what they've

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New Solar Powered Media Player by eMotion

New Solar Powered Media Player by eMotion

It's no secret that we're fans of greener gadgets here at Inhabitat. When you want all the functionality of your favorite gadget and can enjoy it in a more environmentally-friendly manner, it's

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New Hand-Crank Media Player goes on sale!

New Hand-Crank Media Player goes on sale!

We love our kinetic energy here at Inhabitat, and we are excited to announce inventive use of human kinetic power: The brandnew 2 GB Eco Media Player is hand-crank portable media player can play

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POO POWER: Giant Vat of Crap to Produce Natural Gas for CA

Poop-power is not a new phenomenon, as methane-powered generators have existed for a while, and even larger scale developments have used poo-power as a way to meet energy needs. But powering a

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OLEDs Printed Newspaper Style!

OLEDs Printed Newspaper Style!

Think printing solar panels is cool? Well, here's something even cooler. General Electric has just successfully demonstrated a roll-to-roll printing (think newspaper style printing) process for

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The Best and Greenest from the Geneva Motor Show

The Best and Greenest from the Geneva Motor Show

Green cars are all the rage these days, with each vehicle manufacturer showing off their latest and greenest vehicles at every possible opportunity. Proof of this is can be seen in the huge

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Robot-Equipped Electric Eco Car: Nissan Pivo 2

Robot-Equipped Electric Eco Car: Nissan Pivo 2

When shopping for a new car, you might be looking for fuel efficiency, style, and safety. But after seeing the new Nissan Pivo 2 electric concept car, you might just have to add "talking robot"

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Print Solar Cells With an Inkjet Printer

Print Solar Cells With an Inkjet Printer

If you like the idea of solar power, but aren't convinced by expensive, clunky solar panels just yet, here's a more manageable option: print your own on an inkjet! Konarka Technologies has just

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PREFAB FRIDAY: The RuralZED Zero Emission Home

PREFAB FRIDAY: The RuralZED Zero Emission Home

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Storing CO2 in Giant Underwater Plastic Bags?

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POOPTRICITY: Want Electricity? Flush Your Turbine Toilet!

POOPTRICITY: Want Electricity? Flush Your Turbine Toilet!

What if every time that you flushed your toilet you could generate just a little bit of power? That is the idea behind the Benkatine Turbine by Leviathan Energy, which aims to get power from any

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Hydrogen Fuel Morgan Life Car

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Hydrogen Fuel Morgan Life Car

The Geneva Motor Show is right around the corner, and just as you may expect, the announcements are about to start pouring on about the latest news in green vehicles. Here's the first one we

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