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
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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The DIY Electric Motorcycle

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The Car of the Future

The Car of the Future

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The New Honda Insight

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The New Honda Insight

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The XR3 Do-it-yourself Hybrid

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The XR3 Do-it-yourself Hybrid

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Worn Again Virgin Atlantic Bags

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The All-Electric Hinterland

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Peugeot 888 by Oskar Johansen

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Peugeot 888 by Oskar Johansen

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TRANSPORTATION TUES: Peugeot Unveils 2008 Concept Cars

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Free bikes at the DNC and RNC!

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