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
Yamaha’s Suave Hybrid Electric City-C Bike

Yamaha’s Suave Hybrid Electric City-C Bike

Here’s one to file in the “wish-that-I-could-get-one” department. Yamaha recently revealed their PAS City-C, a sleek battery-powered electric bike that was designed by the

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Grasshopper Folding Bike Generates Pedal Power

Grasshopper Folding Bike Generates Pedal Power

There's nothing that we love more than a well-designed bike, so we get excited when designers take a long hard look at one and give us a vision of things to come. David Gonçalves' Grasshopper

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GINGER PREFAB FRIDAY: Michelle Kauffmann’s GingerSolaire

GINGER PREFAB FRIDAY: Michelle Kauffmann’s GingerSolaire

Ever wonder if you could build a green home and eat it too? Well, do we have a solution for you! Green architect, Inhabitat fave, and baker extraordinaire, Michelle Kauffmann, has once again

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The Sleek Shape-Shifting Scarab Vehicle

The Sleek Shape-Shifting Scarab Vehicle

Concept vehicles serve the useful purpose of showing us new ideas and charting a path towards the future of transportation. Similar to MIT's Stackable Car concept, the streamlined Scarab is an

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Lotus’ Bio-fueled IceCraft Glides Across the Antarctic

Lotus’ Bio-fueled IceCraft Glides Across the Antarctic

With winter well on its way and snow flurries sweeping the nation, we couldn't contain our excitement for this sleek bio-fueled Concept Ice Vehicle. Designed and developed by Kieron Bradley and

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Kite Powered Car

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Kite Powered Car

Here at Inhabitat we love wind powered vehicles for their inspired approaches towards sustainable transportation - after all what could be simpler than sailing along on a breeze? Designed by

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California To Become The Electric Vehicle Capital of the US

California To Become The Electric Vehicle Capital of the US

Recently the cities of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland unveiled a massive concerted effort to become the electric vehicle capitol of the United States! This groundbreaking development

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Honda Debuts The Hydrogen-Powered FC Sport

Honda Debuts The Hydrogen-Powered FC Sport

It is not everyday that a well-known car manufacturer releases a concept vehicle that makes everyone's head turn, but that's exactly what Honda did last week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The FC

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Protecting Storm Swept Coastlines With Oyster Shell Seawalls

Protecting Storm Swept Coastlines With Oyster Shell Seawalls

Photo by Sean Powers, University of South Alabama Coastal erosion is one of the most daunting problems that a seaside city or county can face. The loss of shorelines and coastal areas due to

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Revitalized Solar-Powered Union Lofts

Revitalized Solar-Powered Union Lofts

These sleek solar-powered lofts are part of a stunning adaptive reuse of an old textile warehouse in San Diego. Designed by Jonathan Segal Architecture the 20,000 square foot block receives 50%

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Mazda’s Futuristic KAAN Racer

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Mazda’s Futuristic KAAN Racer

Mazda's aggressively styled KAAN concept vehicle represents an innovative foray into the future of racing. A finalist in this year's Design Los Angeles Automobile Design Challenge, the

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Biofuel Powered Flying Car

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Biofuel Powered Flying Car

We have heard of cars and planes using biofuels, but we must admit that we never thought we'd hear of a bio-diesel powered flying car! Designed by Gilo Cardozo, the Skycar is a vehicle that has

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The Beautifully Unfolding Ocho Casas Housing Complex

The Beautifully Unfolding Ocho Casas Housing Complex

Frequent passerby in the neighborhood of Santa Margarita, Spain may find themselves a bit lost when they can't seem to find the white wall they just passed by. Appearing at first as a simple

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The 170 MPH Steam Car

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The 170 MPH Steam Car

This svelte steam powered car was created using salvaged parts (including tea kettles) and is capable of achieving speeds of 170mph! Developed by Edward Montagu and created by a team of

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Deka Revolt Zero-Emission Hybrid Runs on Any Fuel!

Deka Revolt Zero-Emission Hybrid Runs on Any Fuel!

No one would dare accuse inventor extraordinaire Dean Kamen of resting on his laurels. Best known as the creator of the Segway, Dean has decied to tackle an incredible challenge for his next

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Solar Winged Helios Vehicle

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Solar Winged Helios Vehicle

Kim Gu-Han's Helios concept car is unusual to say the least. Resembling some sort of frill necked lizard, the electric off-road vehicle has the unique ability to spread its solar panel wings to

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New York Mayor Proposes Charge on Plastic Bags

New York Mayor Proposes Charge on Plastic Bags

Recently New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed that NYC begin charging shoppers 6 cents for each plastic bag issued at the register. The policy is the latest attempt by the city to go green

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Ride Together and Vote

Ride Together and Vote

Today we're interrupting our regular programming with message of utmost importance. Every Tuesday we present you with a number of transportation options that will improve the environment. From

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The Xof1 Solar Vehicle Breaks World Distance Record

The Xof1 Solar Vehicle Breaks World Distance Record

The sleek solar-powered Xof1 car recently rolled into Victoria, Canada to break the world's record for the longest distance travelled in a solar vehicle! Appearing for all the world like a

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JVC BONSAI SPEAKERS

JVC BONSAI SPEAKERS

JVC recently unveiled a beautiful line of bonsai-laden Kirikabu speakers at this year's Tokyo Designer's Week. Created out of eco-friendly plastic, the conceptual series of speakers can be

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Ultra-Bright Down Low Glow Lights for Your Bike

Ultra-Bright Down Low Glow Lights for Your Bike

For cyclists, safety is certainly the number one concern when riding at night. Sure, most blinking lights will increase your front and rear visibility, but what about the all-important side

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Audi’s A1 Sportback Hybrid

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Audi’s A1 Sportback Hybrid

Audi recently revealed their slick A1 Sportback Hybrid at this year's Paris Motor Show. Based on the A1 project Quattro concept released last year in Tokyo, the 5-door plug-in hybrid can run for

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Mercedes’ Futuristic Formula Zero Sail Racer

Mercedes’ Futuristic Formula Zero Sail Racer

Recently Mercedes Benz revealed images of its stunning Formula Zero Racer, a futuristic foray into the next generation of racing. Incorporating elements from luge, yacht, and Formula One

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The Origami-Inspired Folding Bamboo House

The Origami-Inspired Folding Bamboo House

Ming Tang's beautiful origami-inspired Folded Bamboo Houses are intended to be used as temporary shelters in the aftermath of an earthquake. Brilliant in their simplicity, the geometric shelters

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The 2010 Prius Revealed

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The 2010 Prius Revealed

Recently several auto sites revealed a first glimpse of the eagerly anticipated 2010 Prius! Currently scheduled for official unveiling in January at the North American International Auto Show in

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Cars of the Future may be Made of Super-Strong Buckypaper

Cars of the Future may be Made of Super-Strong Buckypaper

What is stronger than steel and stands to revolutionize our built environment? Paper! Or rather, buckypaper to be more precise. Buckypaper is a material composed of carbon nanotubes that is 10

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Electric Mini Revealed

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Electric Mini Revealed

Just in time for the Los Angeles Motor Show, BMW has released the first images of the all new fully electric Mini E! We've hinted at it before, and it was just a matter time before it was

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Solar Satellites Could Beam Gigawatts of Energy from Space

Solar Satellites Could Beam Gigawatts of Energy from Space

Ben Bova, the president emeritus of the National Space Society, recently suggested an incredible solution to the world's energy crisis. Instead of taking solar panels and sticking them on your

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Ethiopia Announces Largest Wind Farm in Africa

Ethiopia Announces Largest Wind Farm in Africa

When faced with the need to develop additional sources of energy, the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation recently decided that its best option was not to build conventional power plants.

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The Interactive Dobpler LED Wall Turns Shadows Into Light

The Interactive Dobpler LED Wall Turns Shadows Into Light

This past year, people walking through the pedestrian tunnel in Sandnes Sentrum, Norway, were faced with the unique opportunity to watch their shadows transform into a beautiful luminous art

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