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
Solar Powered Plane Breaks Record… Again!

Solar Powered Plane Breaks Record… Again!

Last year we brought you news of the Zephyr, an unmanned solar-powered airplane that shattered a world record with a flight of 54 hours. Not content with their initial achievement, the creators

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: World’s Tiniest Fuel Cell Vehicle

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: World’s Tiniest Fuel Cell Vehicle

If last week's Transportation Tuesday article on the world's smallest solar vehicle wasn't your cup of tea (after all solar is so last year), then hopefully this week's entry will be more to

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TRANS TUES: The World’s Smallest Solar-Powered Car

TRANS TUES: The World’s Smallest Solar-Powered Car

This week's Transportation Tuesday vehicle can't be blamed for being a concept car, nor for being a gas guzzler, un-innovative or an ill-fated promotional vehicle for some car company. The

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Futuristic MAG LEV Concept Car

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Futuristic MAG LEV Concept Car

While many green gear-heads argue whether electric vehicles are better than hybrids, Slovak designer Matúš Procháczka has brought the debate one step further. His innovative concept car

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Seattle’s Stunning Mount Baker Residence

Seattle’s Stunning Mount Baker Residence

As of late, Seattle has developed into a burgeoning center of sustainable design with plenty of exceptional green architecture and design popping up. The stunning Mount Baker home is one more

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Solar Photovoltaic Windowpanes To Power Your Computer!

Solar Photovoltaic Windowpanes To Power Your Computer!

Solar power and windows make an ideal pairing of complementary technologies for energy generation, and Japanese manufacturer Nihon Telecommunication Systems is maximizing the potential

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Ethanol Powered Mazda Furai Racecar

Ethanol Powered Mazda Furai Racecar

This is a concept vehicle which few of us will ever drive. The Furai is Mazda's next hope in the future of car racing. While going green on the race track is not exactly an eco-minded endeavor,

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Electric Mini Coming in 2009!

Electric Mini Coming in 2009!

We seem to repeat ourselves everyweek in bemoaning the need to switch to renewable energy, but truly, with oil prices this high, every car manufacturer is looking to develop alternatives based

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Smart All-Electric in 2010!

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Smart All-Electric in 2010!

Already a forerunner in ultra-efficient vehicles, Smart will soon be joining the all-electric charge with its up-and-coming Smart ED. We're huge fans of the Smart Car for its creative clout and

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The Human-Powered Floating Gym!

The Human-Powered Floating Gym!

Have you ever pedaled on a stationary bike at the gym and thought to yourself: 'What if this energy I am exerting could be used for something better than just making me sweat?" Well now a new

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China tries to clean up air with a new ban on cars!

China tries to clean up air with a new ban on cars!

With the 2008 Summer Olympics just around the corner, the Chinese government has started their plan to ban one million vehicles from the streets of Beijing. The initiative got underway this week

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LOTUS Looks at Lifecycle with the Eco Elise

LOTUS Looks at Lifecycle with the Eco Elise

Lotus is doing its best to convince us that they are the greenest car manufacturer, and their latest release, the Eco Elise, makes a great argument that this is the case. Not only is this an

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LILYPAD: Floating City for Climate Change Refugees

LILYPAD: Floating City for Climate Change Refugees

There are very few urban design solutions that address housing the inevitable tide of displaced people that could arise as oceans swell under global warming. Certainly none are as spectacular

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NEW Italian Eco Development by Foster + Partners

NEW Italian Eco Development by Foster + Partners

If Foster + Partners get their way, the Italian coastal town of Rimini will be as famous for its magnificent architecture as it is for its beaches. Earlier this month, the world renowned

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GM to build World’s Largest Rooftop Solar Power Station

GM to build World’s Largest Rooftop Solar Power Station

A few years ago, if you were to say that the largest rooftop solar panel was going to be installed in a car manufacturing plant we'd probably say that you were, well, bonkers. If you had

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TRANSPORTATION TUES: Share a Cab with RideAmigos.com

TRANSPORTATION TUES: Share a Cab with RideAmigos.com

Ever found yourself in need of a cab ride, but thinking that it is simply too expensive, and let's face it, not too green? That's precisely what Jeffrey Chernick and Evan Meyer had in mind when

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Volkswagen’s Cars of the Future

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Volkswagen’s Cars of the Future

What will the future vehicle look like? That's the question that Volkswagen asked to their top engineers and their answer is the Volkswagen 2028 concept vehicles. The results are as interesting

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Democratic National Convention Vehicles will be beer powered!

Democratic National Convention Vehicles will be beer powered!

Mixing beer with driving is usually not a good idea, but throw in a political convention and you may be on to something. In an effort to green the upcoming Democratic National Convention, the

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TRANSPORTATION TUES: Hot New Solar Hybrid by Mindset AG

TRANSPORTATION TUES: Hot New Solar Hybrid by Mindset AG

Not a week goes by without a hot new electric vehicle being announced, and this week is no exception. The Swiss company Mindset AG has announced that it is planning to produce an

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Solar Powered Toyota Prius!

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Solar Powered Toyota Prius!

The manufacturer of the most popular hybrid car on the market is planning take its green vision even further. Toyota, the makers of the Prius, have decided that the best way to make their top

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Sharp’s Solar Powered Television

Sharp’s Solar Powered Television

As part of G8 Summit in Hokkaido, Japan, Sharp will be showcasing some futuristic new technologies in the Zero Emission House. Amongst the future-forward prototypes to be shown: a 26-inch

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Giant Anaconda Tube Generates Energy from Waves!

Giant Anaconda Tube Generates Energy from Waves!

A snake-like rubber tube floating in the ocean could prove that wave energy conversion is an economically viable solution to meet our power needs. At least that's what the creators of the

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Cardboard Bike

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Cardboard Bike

A bicycle is stolen in England every 71 seconds. So how do you solve this problem through the power of design? According to design student Phil Bridge, make a bike so cheap that there's no

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MERRELL GATHERER COAT: Stuff your jacket to keep warm

MERRELL GATHERER COAT: Stuff your jacket to keep warm

Ever wished that you could put in just a bit more insulation in your jacket? That's the idea behind the really stylish and cool looking Gatherer Jacket by Merrell. The translucent jacket comes

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TRANSPORTATION TUES: Electric Car Share Program for Paris

TRANSPORTATION TUES: Electric Car Share Program for Paris

Remember Vélib, the Parisian bicycle rental service? Well, get ready for Autolib! Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë announced plans to provide 4,000 electric car-share vehicles for in-town transit

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Antro Solo gets 150mpg

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Antro Solo gets 150mpg

Hungary is not the first place that comes to mind when thinking about cutting edge green vehicles, yet. If the creators of the Antro Solo have their way, the country will be synonymous with

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Spinnaker Tower Stairs to Generate Electricity

Spinnaker Tower Stairs to Generate Electricity

Imagine being able to collect the energy of every person walking up and down the stairs from the Spinnaker Tower viewing platform in Portsmouth, UK. That is the proposal being put forward by

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Foster Designs House for his Biggest Clients Ever: Elephants!

Foster Designs House for his Biggest Clients Ever: Elephants!

Very few of us will ever have the joy of living in a house designed by famed architect Norman Foster. But when the Copenhagen's Zoo biggest residents required a new residence they got a custom

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: GE’s Mega Hybrids

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: GE’s Mega Hybrids

If you are in the market for a mine haul truck, you may want to consider getting a hybrid model. They are not on sale yet, but GE is working hard to ensure that your next purchase of an

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Honda FCX Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle Starts Production

Honda FCX Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle Starts Production

We first featured the Honda FCX Clarity late last year, when Honda announced plans to bring the fuel cell vehicle into production this summer. Making good on their promise, Honda just announced

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