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
Can Spain’s AVE Train Kill the Airplane?

Can Spain’s AVE Train Kill the Airplane?

When we think of air travel, what usually comes to mind is the cramped seats, bags of peanuts, and annoyance of checking luggage. But if Spain has its way, their brand new high speed train

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SOLAR BALLOONS: CoolEarth gets $21 Million in Funding

SOLAR BALLOONS: CoolEarth gets $21 Million in Funding

It's easy to mistake these buoyant solar panels from CoolEarth for a child's balloons caught in a power line, but these shiny floating photovoltaic panels are scientist's latest attempt at

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The Suntory Mermaid II Wave-Powered Boat

The Suntory Mermaid II Wave-Powered Boat

Wave power is looking like the next big thing in renewable energy, as evidenced by PG&E's recent announcement about their California wave farm. And now Kenichi Horie, and a little bit of

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The Air-Powered MDI Car is Coming to the US!

The Air-Powered MDI Car is Coming to the US!

India's air-powered four wheel marvel, the MDI Air Car, will be coming to the United States in 2010! The eco-friendly air-powered vehicle will be manufactured by Zero Pollution Motors, who just

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100 Architects to Design City

100 Architects to Design City

If you had to pick 100 architects to build a city, who would you choose? That's the challenge posed by Jian Yuan Water Engineering, which has commissioned a plan to create one hundred villas in

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Voltaic Now Using Recycled Bottles in their Solar Bags

Voltaic Now Using Recycled Bottles in their Solar Bags

Just when we thought the idea of solar-powered backpacks couldn't get any better, Voltaic goes and ups the ante with new recycled materials. The solar bag company showed their backpacks and

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Transportation Tuesday: The UltraBattery Hybrid Storage Cell

Transportation Tuesday: The UltraBattery Hybrid Storage Cell

While the potential of electric cars is obvious, one of the main concerns is battery life, both in its ability to hold a charge, and its shelf life before needing a replacement. But the new

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Urban Bike Sharing System Coming to London!

Urban Bike Sharing System Coming to London!

We've already seen the massive success of urban bike sharing in Paris, but now the super-smart Velib Bike program is taking to the streets of London! 15,000 bikes, 1,000 stations and more than

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Harvest Fuel from the Air with GREEN FREEDOM

Harvest Fuel from the Air with GREEN FREEDOM

Most of us are worried about increasing amounts of greenhouse gases in the air - and if you aren't yet concerned about this, you should be. However, now there is a reason for hope: researchers

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Work Architecture Greenroof Wins PS1 Design Competition

Work Architecture Greenroof Wins PS1 Design Competition

Every year in New York City, the PS1 Contemporary Art Center hosts an architectural design competition to design a temporary, outdoor 'summer stage' for the PS1 Warm-up Music Festival. While

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AN AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC VEHICLE? The $30K ZAP Alias

AN AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC VEHICLE? The $30K ZAP Alias

All-electric vehicles may seem like an impossible dream to most, with a price point that's far out of reach. That may soon change, if car company ZAP gets its way. It has just announced a

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Generate Electricity With Your Knees

Generate Electricity With Your Knees

In the future, when you need to charge your cell phone, all you'll need to do is to go for a walk. Researchers at Simon Fraser University Locomotion Laboratory in Burnaby, Canada, have created

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‘SIX DEGREES’ On National Geographic TV This Sunday

‘SIX DEGREES’ On National Geographic TV This Sunday

Six Degrees Could Change The World The rise in temperature due to global warming will have a number of consequences that we have just barely started to comprehend. To make sense of it all, the

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Ross Lovegrove’s Car on a Stick

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Ross Lovegrove’s Car on a Stick

Imagine an urban future where no cars are ever parked blocking the curb, but instead are 'parked' by being perched atop large pole where they would act as streetlamps at night. Is this a

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Tesla EV Goes Hybrid

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Tesla EV Goes Hybrid

Tesla Motors have just announced plans to expand their range of sleek sustainable automobile offerings. Their new Whitestar four door sedan will now come in two different versions, the

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Global EARTH HOUR March 29th- Turn off your lights!

Global EARTH HOUR March 29th- Turn off your lights!

About a year ago, Sydney started a trend of turning off your lights for one hour in a show of support for protecting our environment. Soon after, London, San Francisco quickly followed suit. One

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ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: Rain Power

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: Rain Power

Trying to find alternative sources of energy has proven to be an extraordinary feat, allowing us to use everything from sun to the motion of the ocean. But there is still one plentiful source of

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Transportation Tuesday: Zero-Emissions ZENN Car

Transportation Tuesday: Zero-Emissions ZENN Car

If you are in the market for a small low speed urban vehicle for everyday use, ZENN, a zero-emission, no-noise vehicle might just be your answer. Available in most parts of the United States,

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Using Kites to Pull Cargo Ships Across the Seas

Using Kites to Pull Cargo Ships Across the Seas

A few months ago we reported on future attempts to use a kite to move a cargo ship across the ocean. But just last week, the MS Beluga set sail on its maiden voyage from Bremerhaven to Venezuela

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Cadillac Provoq

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Cadillac Provoq

One of the biggest announcements at this years CES was the introduction of the hydrogen-powered Cadillac Provoq concept vehicle by General Motors. The Provoq is another one of GM's efforts to

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MACH-5 A2: Fly Sydney to Brussels in 4hrs – Emissions Free!

MACH-5 A2: Fly Sydney to Brussels in 4hrs – Emissions Free!

In a hurry? Need to get from Sydney to Brussels in a dash? Not too far in the future you may be able to travel that entire distance in less than 4 hours - emissions free - thanks to an amazing

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Hydrogen Power Coming Soon to Your Cell Phone

Hydrogen Power Coming Soon to Your Cell Phone

From cars to prefabs and some slightly greener gadgets, CES gave us plenty of things to marvel at this year. One of the most impressive in terms of future-forward innovation was the Motoslvr

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World’s Greenest Building Going Up In Paris – Energy Plus

World’s Greenest Building Going Up In Paris – Energy Plus

The home of the Eiffel Tower is getting a new architectural innovation- and a green one at that. The Energy Plus office building, to be located outside of Paris, is designed to consume no

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No More Free Plastic Bags in Israel

No More Free Plastic Bags in Israel

It looks like 2008 will keep up last year's momentum of phasing out plastic bags whenever possible. Just as the new year rang, word came around that a bill had been introduced in Israel that

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Germany Bans Polluting Cars from City Centers

Germany Bans Polluting Cars from City Centers

Different cities are taking different approaches to reducing both pollution and car usage. While Londoners are charged a fee for entering the central district of the city, certain German cities

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China Bans Plastic Bags

China Bans Plastic Bags

It seems that plastic shopping bags are really on the way out. It started with San Francisco, Hong Kong, then Melbourne and other cities, and now, beginning in July, all plastic shopping bags in

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FUJITSU UNVEILS LAPTOP MADE FROM CORN

FUJITSU UNVEILS LAPTOP MADE FROM CORN

Laptops have a long way to go in order to really go green, but Fujitsu has certainly made an interesting attempt with their new corn-based polymer laptop. Launching at this year's Consumer

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LOREMO LS: Cute & Sporty Low Emissions Vehicle

LOREMO LS: Cute & Sporty Low Emissions Vehicle

A large contributor to fuel inefficiency is the sheer weight of a vehicle. Loremo AG, a German car corporation, has used this as the inspiration for the Loremo LS, a sporty, low-weight,

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Human Body Heat to Heat Green Building in Sweden

Human Body Heat to Heat Green Building in Sweden

What is the next frontier in renewable energy? People! And no, we don't mean them being used as in soylent green, but rather, to use the energy generated from the movement of large numbers of

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CheatNeutral: Offsetting Your Cheating Ways

CheatNeutral: Offsetting Your Cheating Ways

If carbon offsetting just isn’t personal enough for you, here’s a cheeky option to erase any negative effects of your “romantic” footprint. If you God forbid find

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