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
TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Mclaren P11 Supercar

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Mclaren P11 Supercar

One of the world's best Formula One teams is set to unveil its latest creation: an environmentally friendly supercar. McLaren says the P11, which will feature a regenerative breaking system and

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Vatican to Build Europe’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Vatican to Build Europe’s Largest Solar Power Plant

The Vatican is going solar in a big way. The smallest country in the world recently announced that it intends to spend 660 million dollars to create what will effectively be Europe's largest

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Briefcase Made from a Recycled Macbook Box

Briefcase Made from a Recycled Macbook Box

We were glad to see that we're not the only ones that, upon unpackaging our shiny new macbook, thought it was such a shame to use such a lovely case just for packaging material. Rather than

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Neil Young’s 1959 Lincvolt Hybrid

Neil Young’s 1959 Lincvolt Hybrid

It is not often that we get to combine our passion for music, good design, green technologies, and hot 1950's classic vehicles, so we take any opportunity that we can get. Neil Young recently

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Chocolate-Powered Race Car Made Out of Vegetables

Chocolate-Powered Race Car Made Out of Vegetables

If we told you that the formula race car of the future is powered by chocolate, features a body made from potatoes, and a steering wheel made from carrots, you might say we've been reading too

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Peter Zumthor wins the Pritzker Prize!

Peter Zumthor wins the Pritzker Prize!

After thirty years of of incredible work that pushes forward the bounds of architecture, Swiss Architect Peter Zumthor was recently awarded the 2009 Pritzker Prize, the world's highest honor for

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Solar Powered Kangaroo Valley House

Solar Powered Kangaroo Valley House

Situated amidst 100 acres of scenic views, rainforest, and flowing water, this gorgeous solar-powered residence stands perched above Australia's Kangaroo Valley. Faced with an incredible natural

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GM and Segway Announce Project P.U.M.A!

GM and Segway Announce Project P.U.M.A!

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Solar Powered Bethany Race Car

Solar Powered Bethany Race Car

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MIT Develops Virus-Powered Car Battery

MIT Develops Virus-Powered Car Battery

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The Grama Eco Vehicle Comes With A Green Roof!

The Grama Eco Vehicle Comes With A Green Roof!

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Passive (X) House for the Ordos 100 Village

Passive (X) House for the Ordos 100 Village

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The Tesla Model-S Revealed!

The Tesla Model-S Revealed!

After months of teasing, Tesla has finally announced the highly expected and hotly desired Tesla Model-S. In keeping with the Tesla Roadster, the Model-S is a gorgeous looking electric vehicle

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Greenbird Wind Powered Vehicle Breaks World Record!

Greenbird Wind Powered Vehicle Breaks World Record!

What would you expect the record speed for a wind powered vehicle to be? 30 miles per hour? 60 miles per hour? Try 126.1 miles per hour! That is the record set by Richard Jenkins this past

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The Aqualim Cuts Lengthy Showers Short

The Aqualim Cuts Lengthy Showers Short

Are your teenage daughters taking way too long in the shower? Teenagers are known for their lavish morning rituals, and lengthy showers. When Australian Trevor Murphy saw his water bill

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SYDNEY EARTH HOUR 2009

SYDNEY EARTH HOUR 2009

Greetings from Sydney Earth Hour 2009! Here in Sydney, the lights went out at precisely 8:30p.m. The Sydney ferries honked the arrival of Earth Hour; the Sydney Opera House turned off its

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The Shape-shifting Prada Transformer Building

The Shape-shifting Prada Transformer Building

Rem Koolhaas has repeatedly wowed us with his unique buildings, but this one takes the cake. Designed in collaboration with Prada, the Transformer is a pavillion designed to accommodate an array

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Toyota’s New Hybrid MR2 Revealed!

Toyota’s New Hybrid MR2 Revealed!

The Toyota MR2 sportscar is hitting the road, remade from its older version into a Prius-inspired hybrid vehicle. The new MR2 will draw inspiration (and technology) from the iconic Toyota Prius,

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PlanetSolar Boat to Sail Around the World

PlanetSolar Boat to Sail Around the World

From the solar-powered vehicle that crossed Canada, to a wave-powered boat that took on the Pacific, we've seen many impressive feats accomplished by green vehicles. But now the crew at

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The Transforming Movito Electric Scooter

The Transforming Movito Electric Scooter

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The Inizio Electric Supercar Takes Aim at Tesla

The Inizio Electric Supercar Takes Aim at Tesla

The New York International Auto Show is coming up, and the incredible prototypes are out in full force. First in line is EV Innovations, who will be showing off their gorgeous fully-electric Liv

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LIGHTS OUT: Earth Hour Goes Global on March 28th!

LIGHTS OUT: Earth Hour Goes Global on March 28th!

Earth Hour is a worldwide event that encourages individuals to unite in the fight against global warming by turning off their lights and spending sixty minutes outside with friends and family.

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Factor001: The World’s Most Advanced Bicycle

Factor001: The World’s Most Advanced Bicycle

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Top Five Greenest Vehicles at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show

Top Five Greenest Vehicles at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show

These days it seems that every car manufacturer in the world is desperately trying to green their entire line of vehicles, and nowhere was this trend more evident than at this year's Geneva

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Solar Powered Revas Trek Across India

Solar Powered Revas Trek Across India

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tractor

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tractor

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The Coral-200: A Solar Powered Phone for the Masses

The Coral-200: A Solar Powered Phone for the Masses

Just last week we brought you news of the Blue-Earth, Samsung's new solar powered touch phone. Well, it turns out that they are not the only company with solar dreams. Chinese mobile

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GreenWheel Gives any Bicycle an Electric Boost

GreenWheel Gives any Bicycle an Electric Boost

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NYPD Rolls out Hybrid Patrol Cars

NYPD Rolls out Hybrid Patrol Cars

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Shape-Shifting Solar iChange Vehicle Unveiled

Shape-Shifting Solar iChange Vehicle Unveiled

We love seeing crazy concept cars here at Inhabitat, but we're even more impressed when they actually get built! Swiss car manufacturer Rinspeed recently announced that they will be showing off

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