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
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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Prefab Housing Pyramid Puts Students in a (Container) Box

Prefab Housing Pyramid Puts Students in a (Container) Box

From its modular modern design to its shipping container components, Olgga's student housing complex struck us as a pitch perfect project for prefab friday. The French architecture firm designed

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Mark Clifford’s DIY Electric Porsche

Mark Clifford’s DIY Electric Porsche

Taking a well known fossil fuel based roadster into the electric age is a certainly a worthy undertaking for any car manufacturer. But doing it yourself? That really grabs our attention. Mark

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Wal-Mart Unveils Massive Solar Array in California

Wal-Mart Unveils Massive Solar Array in California

We tend to have a love/hate relationship with Wal-Mart, but we will give them props for their latest green effort. The retailer has just installed close to 5,300 solar panels at its Apple Valley

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Solar Energy Powering Reconstruction Efforts in Haiti

Solar Energy Powering Reconstruction Efforts in Haiti

The humanitarian emergency in Haiti has resulted in a complete loss of the country's power infrastructure. To bring it back, a host of companies and aid agencies are using the most plentiful

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Britain Unveils Plans for 1,300 Square Miles of Wind Turbines

Britain Unveils Plans for 1,300 Square Miles of Wind Turbines

Take 100 billion pounds, a plan to create 60,000 jobs, and the urgent need to end an addition to fossil fuels, and what do you get? The first steps in Britain's plan to develop its offshore wind

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Green Roofed Suncheon Wetlands Center Flows With the Tides

Green Roofed Suncheon Wetlands Center Flows With the Tides

Each year over 2.8 million people visit the Suncheon wetlands in Korea, which comprise world's 5th largest tidal flat. To host them, Gansam Architects' G.lab* have designed a visitor's center

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Fastest Hydrogen Car in the World Smashes 300MPH Record

Fastest Hydrogen Car in the World Smashes 300MPH Record

Few land vehicles are capable of hitting 300 miles per hour - it is, after all, a pretty impressive speed for a car to achieve. That figure becomes even more incredible when you enter the realm

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Stunning Facade Renovation Pours in Daylight

Stunning Facade Renovation Pours in Daylight

Harnessing daylight in the busy and narrow streets of London is a remarkable challenge for any architect. Recently ALA met that challenge in their remarkable renovation of the 10 Hills Place

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THE COVE: The Movie That Actually Stopped Dolphin Killings

THE COVE: The Movie That Actually Stopped Dolphin Killings

In the summer of giant robots, red matter, and aliens in South Africa, one little movie has managed to do what no other has done: have an impact on the real world. The Cove is a documentary film

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Nissan Announces Fully-Electric Leaf Vehicle for 2011

Nissan Announces Fully-Electric Leaf Vehicle for 2011

Nissan recently unveiled an all-electric vehicle that stands to break ground as the company's opening foray into the EV fray. Rather than aiming to create a high-end supercar, Nissan has decided

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BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics Concept Supercar

BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics Concept Supercar

We've all heard the term "vehicle of the future" being tossed around by everyone, but what does it mean? BMW's response is the Vision EfficientDynamics concept vehicle, a low carbon plug-in

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NASA Launches 1.5 Million Dollar Green Flight Challenge

NASA Launches 1.5 Million Dollar Green Flight Challenge

The next frontier in green transportation is bound to be flight travel, which is why it is not surprising to see that NASA just announced the Green Flight Challenge. The competition will be

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Cars Made From Liquid Wood Around the Corner

Cars Made From Liquid Wood Around the Corner

With major auto manufactures rushing to green their upcoming vehicle lines as quickly as possible, Ford Motor Company has announced that it is researching an innovative material that may one day

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Electric ATNMBL Drives Itself!

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Electric ATNMBL Drives Itself!

Do you enjoy cars, but feel it's a bit tedious to actually hold the wheel, step on the gas and shift the gears? No sweat - industrial design studio, Mike and Maaike, has just thing thing - the

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MIT Developing Electric Vehicle that Charges in 10 Minutes Flat

MIT Developing Electric Vehicle that Charges in 10 Minutes Flat

Students at MIT recently announced that they are developing an extended range electric vehicle capable of achieving the same performance as its gasoline-powered counterparts. Dubbed the elEVen,

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Top 5 Sexy Cycles

Top 5 Sexy Cycles

We've made no secret of our never-ending love for bikes here at Inhabitat - as one of the world's most efficient modes of transportation they're also an emission free, healthy, and enjoyable way

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Schweeb: Human-Powered Monorail Flies Through the Skies

Schweeb: Human-Powered Monorail Flies Through the Skies

What could be more fun than gliding along on an eco-chic bicycle? How about shooting through the skies in a pedal-powered monorail capsule! A bunch of entrepreneuring New Zealanders has created

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U.S. Postal Service Buys 1,600 Fuel Efficient Vehicles

U.S. Postal Service Buys 1,600 Fuel Efficient Vehicles

The U.S. postal service currently owns of one of the largest vehicle fleets on the planet, and they recently announced a monumental measure to replace 6,500 aging gas guzzling vehicles with more

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Hybrid Double Decker Volvo Buses Hit London Streets

Hybrid Double Decker Volvo Buses Hit London Streets

London's iconic double-decker buses recently received an eco update as six highly efficient hybrid Volvo vehicles hit the streets for the first time. The new B5L two-story buses retain their

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Australian Town Bans Bottled Water

Australian Town Bans Bottled Water

The small Australian town of Bundanoon just set a new standard for sustainability by voting to do what no community has ever done before: ban bottled water! The measure was founded over

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Innovative System Creates Drinking Water from Thin Air

Innovative System Creates Drinking Water from Thin Air

There is plenty of water in the world for everyone, the problem has always been trying to convert it into a form we can drink. German Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute recently announced

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SAHİMO Hydrogen Vehicle Travels 568 Kilometers on 1 Liter of Fuel

SAHİMO Hydrogen Vehicle Travels 568 Kilometers on 1 Liter of Fuel

Students from Turkey's Sakarya University have unveiled a remarkable attempt at creating Europe's most fuel efficient vehicle. The SAHİMO is a hydrogen powered vehicle that is capable of

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Stylish Bamboo Taxis Hit the Streets of the Phillipines

Stylish Bamboo Taxis Hit the Streets of the Phillipines

In the search for a low-cost, fuel-efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly alternative to motorcycles, the mayor of a city in the Philippines recently rolled out two incredible taxis

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McDonald’s Tries to Go Green with EV Charging Stations!

McDonald’s Tries to Go Green with EV Charging Stations!

When you hear the term 'green restaurant', greasy fast food chain McDonalds is pretty much the last thing that comes to mind. With a reputation for fostering obesity, bad health and

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Solar Impulse Unveiled: Sun-Powered Airplane to Circle the Globe

Solar Impulse Unveiled: Sun-Powered Airplane to Circle the Globe

Flight pioneer Bertrand Piccard, an aeronaut who made the first nonstop round the world balloon flight, recently unveiled a prototype of an incredible solar-powered airplane that will one day

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Solar Powered Nuna5 Racecar Unveiled

Solar Powered Nuna5 Racecar Unveiled

Delft University recently unveiled a sleek solar-powered vehicle that they hope will score them their fifth trophy in the World Solar Challenge race. Dubbed the Nuna5, the vehicle is entirely

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Your Analog TV is Dead, Repurpose it into Something Fun!

Your Analog TV is Dead, Repurpose it into Something Fun!

Last week, millions of TV sets became obsolete, all due to the switch from analog to digital television. So, what does an eco-minded individual do with an old, ugly, lead and toxin filled box?

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All-Electric Smart Cars Announced for the UK!

All-Electric Smart Cars Announced for the UK!

After a successful series of trials in London, Daimler has just announced that the Smart Fortwo Electric is officially ready for small series production! The all-electric version of everyone's

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Koenigsegg’s Quant Solar Supercar May Hit the Streets Soon

Koenigsegg’s Quant Solar Supercar May Hit the Streets Soon

Recently supercar company Koenigsegg revealed that it has obtained a controlling interest in Saab, and according to a Swedish website, their plan is to not just keep Saab running, but to use its

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