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 CERAMIC TUBES STOP GLOBAL WARMING?

CAN CERAMIC TUBES STOP GLOBAL WARMING?

One of the biggest global problems in trying to reduce carbon emissions is the extremely large existing infrastructure built entirely around fossil fuels. Of course there are individual actions

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THE NEW MEXICO SPACEPORT BUILDING by Foster + Partners

THE NEW MEXICO SPACEPORT BUILDING by Foster + Partners

Next time that you're waiting for your trip to space, you'll be able to do so in style. Well fine, space travel is still a few decades away for us meager mortals, but at the very least, we can

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BRAND NEW ELECTRIC SPORTS CAR: Lightning GT Electric

BRAND NEW ELECTRIC SPORTS CAR: Lightning GT Electric

The Lightning GT Electric from the Lightning Car Company is about to take the automotive industry by storm (pun intended). Aside from looking like something that came out of the mind of a 1960's

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ZEPHYR SOLAR PLANE FLIES FOR 54 HOURS STRAIGHT!

ZEPHYR SOLAR PLANE FLIES FOR 54 HOURS STRAIGHT!

While you don't usually see military-related stories here at Inhabitat, here's an eco-worthy exception: the Zephyr is an unmanned aerial vehicle, which is powered entirely by solar power. The

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THE COSTS OF GREEN ARCHITECTURE

THE COSTS OF GREEN ARCHITECTURE

One of the key issues that plagues green architecture proponents worldwide is how the cost of green building compares to conventional construction. After all, if a green building is more

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SONY ‘BIO-BATTERY’ RUNS ENTIRELY ON SUGAR

SONY ‘BIO-BATTERY’ RUNS ENTIRELY ON SUGAR

Next time that someone asks you if you have some sugar, they may actually need it for something else other than their coffee addiction. They could be using it to power their walkman. Sony, the

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Peugeot 308 Hybrid HDi

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Peugeot 308 Hybrid HDi

Peugeot just announced that their long running concept vehicle, the 307 Hybrid HDi, has been upgraded and will be shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. The newly updated 308 Hybrid HDi is

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Nissan Mixim

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Nissan Mixim

The Frankfurt Motor Show is just around the corner, and with it a slew of new prototypes and vehicles for the green market. Like the cars shown on our Top 5 Greenest sports cars list, "green

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POWERSEED: Sustainable Solar Plant Art Installation

POWERSEED: Sustainable Solar Plant Art Installation

When the City of Pasadena wanted to bring some beauty to an electric power plant in a somewhat overlooked neighborhood, little did it realize that the design idea would grow into a completely

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THE 11th HOUR: Be the Change

THE 11th HOUR: Be the Change

For those of you looking for some end-of-summer cinema, the most important film to go see in the next few weeks is The 11th Hour, a global warming documentary produced and narrated by Leonardo

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Top 6 Sexiest Cycles

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Top 6 Sexiest Cycles

Last week we brought you our Top 5 Sexiest Sports Cars, and while there is no doubt that all of the cars we featured are beautiful and innovative, the sexiest and most sustainable form of

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ENERGY JOULE: Get paid for your energy reduction

ENERGY JOULE: Get paid for your energy reduction

How would you like to be paid to save some energy? That is the concept behind "demand-response" a process in which energy companies pay users to use less power. There are a number of companies

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UNITED NATIONS HQ GOES GREEN

UNITED NATIONS HQ GOES GREEN

If there ever were a building in the world that should be as green as possible, the United Nations Headquarters in New York would probably be it. The good news: the UN seems to agree. The

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THE ENERGY ORB: Visualize Electricity Consumption!

THE ENERGY ORB: Visualize Electricity Consumption!

As energy-conscious citizens, wouldn't it be great to know the best (and cheapest) times to use more or less energy? Thanks to a clever little gadget and an equally clever manager at the

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INDIA TOWER: India’s Greenest Skyscraper?

INDIA TOWER: India’s Greenest Skyscraper?

Green skyscrapers seem to be all the rage these days, and now India is jumping on the bandwagon with FXFowle Architects' India Tower, currently being built in South Mumbai to house a new Park

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TOP 5 SEXIEST SUSTAINABLE SPORTS CARS

TOP 5 SEXIEST SUSTAINABLE SPORTS CARS

It is often said that for green cars to be taken seriously, serious car buffs must realize that they can compete with the big boys. You see, most people think that you just can't get proper

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SOLAR POWERED MOUSE – The Sole Mio

SOLAR POWERED MOUSE – The Sole Mio

In the future, everything will be powered by photovoltaics. The latest gadget to be turned into a solar powered device is the PC Mouse, thanks to the Researchers at the Delft University of

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SOLAR DECATHLON: Solar house design competition

SOLAR DECATHLON: Solar house design competition

How difficult is it to design a house fully powered by the sun? That's what the U.S. Department of Energy is trying to find out. To do this, they have staged, once again, the Solar decathlon, a

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CROWD FARMING: Power your building with human motion!

CROWD FARMING: Power your building with human motion!

How many people does it take to launch the space shuttle? The answer is 84,162,203, all of them taking a single step in a Crowd Farming system developed by MIT students James Graham and Thaddeus

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BIKE TO POWER YOUR CELL PHONE

BIKE TO POWER YOUR CELL PHONE

As if you needed another reason to ride a bike instead of drive, now your pedaling can power your cell phone! The technology, which as been developed by Motorola and others and implemented at

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ZAHA HADID GOES GREEN DOWN UNDER

ZAHA HADID GOES GREEN DOWN UNDER

We don't often bring news of projects without at least an inkling of the actual design, but sometimes we just can't resist: Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi Pritzker Prize winning architect, is set to

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COULD TORNADOES POWER YOUR HOUSE?

COULD TORNADOES POWER YOUR HOUSE?

Tornadoes are a force to be reckoned with, as evidenced by leveled Midwestern towns like Greensburg, Kansas. But the sheer power they wield, it turns out, can also be harnessed for good,

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EVERLED: LED-Based Fluorescent Bulbs

EVERLED: LED-Based Fluorescent Bulbs

Fluorescent tubes are a mainstay of commercial interior design. They use less energy that your standard incandescent lightbulb, and are relatively simple and cheap to install. But despite their

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NEW GREEN HARD DRIVE BY WESTERN DIGITAL

NEW GREEN HARD DRIVE BY WESTERN DIGITAL

A month or two ago, we brought you news of the HP RP5700, which is being marketed as the greenest computer ever. But for those of you that just need a bit of storage or an efficient way to

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POND SCUM BIOFUEL TO POWER AIRPLANES

POND SCUM BIOFUEL TO POWER AIRPLANES

We've recently featured the 787 Dreamliner airplane from Boeing, and the Ecojet prototype from Easyjet as examples of environmentally-friendlier air travel innovations. And now comes news from

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SOLAR POWERED BIONIC TURTLES

SOLAR POWERED BIONIC TURTLES

You wouldn't expect turtles to have the need for solar power and internet access, but some of the critters are now getting all wired up for a research experiment, according to scientists from

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PREFAB FRIDAY: O2 Student Village

PREFAB FRIDAY: O2 Student Village

We often get comments about how difficult it would be to live in some of the Prefab Friday homes that we have featured, and none have received more criticism than the Micro Compact Home (m-ch)

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PAINT-ON SOLAR CELLS

PAINT-ON SOLAR CELLS

In the future you might painting your home not with standard paint, but rather, with a nice coating of energy-generating solar cells. In one of the most interesting developments in solar panel

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BIKE SHARING TO SAVE CITIES

BIKE SHARING TO SAVE CITIES

If you live in a large city, such as Sydney, New York, or Paris, odds are that you have faced the very serious problem of automotive congestion in the downtown areas. There are a few solutions

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WORLD’S LARGEST SOLAR ARRAY Planned For California!

WORLD’S LARGEST SOLAR ARRAY Planned For California!

Continuing California's quest to decrease dependence on fossil fuel-based power plants, the largest solar array farm in the world will be built in the Golden State, providing zero emission

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