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: CLEVER Project CNG Concept

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Mythbusters Prove Electric Vehicles Outperform Gas!

Mythbusters Prove Electric Vehicles Outperform Gas!

We are big fans of the TV show Mythbusters, so when we found out about their tests pitting gas vehicles against electric vehicles in 5 extreme tests, we couldn't help but take notice. The myth:

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Solar Harvesting Textiles Energize ‘Soft House’

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Rest in Peace SUV

For car manufacturers, creating a green vehicle is finally no longer a case of fulfilling the needs of a small niche market; nor is it a case of having a token nod to sustainability in the

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Super Slim Lumeneo Smera EV

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Super Slim Lumeneo Smera EV

With oil prices at a record high, it comes as no surprise to find alternative vehicles such as the Lumeneo Smera catching the eye of car enthusiasts everywhere. The Smera is a two seat, four

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Could we solve global warming by sucking CO2 from the air?

Could we solve global warming by sucking CO2 from the air?

Imagine for a moment that we could buy ourselves some time in this climate change debacle by vacuuming greenhouse gas emissions out of the sky. Sucking CO2 from the atmosphere might be the

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Ergonomic Eco Echo Lounge by Plug Design

Ergonomic Eco Echo Lounge by Plug Design

We spotted a lot of great designs at ICFF this year, but one of the gems that really stopped us in our tracks was this gorgeous eco Echo Lounge Chair which boasts a customizable ergonomic

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Junyi Heo’s Digital Pot Gives Your Plant a Face!

Junyi Heo’s Digital Pot Gives Your Plant a Face!

If only plants could speak, it would be so much easier to take care of them. Thats why our faces lit up when we spotted this awesome Digital Pot by Junyi Heo. Designed to relay the needs of

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PERMA KARPO LIBRARY: Good Green Design in the Himalayas

PERMA KARPO LIBRARY: Good Green Design in the Himalayas

Green design is good design - or so we like to say here at Inhabitat - and it is always great to see a beautifully executed example that encompasses this philosophy. The Perma Karpo Library,

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TRANSPORTATION TUES: The 220mpg Supercar

TRANSPORTATION TUES: The 220mpg Supercar

Our loyal love for the Tesla is being tested by this super sexy and sustainable new sportscar. Hybrid Technologies' sleek designed entry to the Automotive X-prize promises to do the one thing

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Norway’s Think Electric Cars coming to the US!

Norway’s Think Electric Cars coming to the US!

With fuel prices continuing to soar, the appeal for electric vehicles has never been higher. Eyeing a timely entrance to a tapped out market, Norwegian car manufacturer THINK has just announced

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Solar Speedboat

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Solar Speedboat

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FLOATOVOLTAICS! Far Niente Winery’s Floating Solar Power

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PREFAB FRIDAY: The Collapsible, Flatpacked Olympic Stadium

PREFAB FRIDAY: The Collapsible, Flatpacked Olympic Stadium

Any sustainable minded surveyor of large scale events wonders if the expense and waste associated with showpiece stadiums could be reduced, even just a little. Well, the organizers of the London

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: VW’s 235mpg car

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: VW’s 235mpg car

With oil prices at $135 dollars per barrel, the pressure is on for car makers to innovate and create more fuel efficient vehicles. Volkswagen seems to be taking this task seriously with the 1L,

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Light the World Using Dirt Powered Fuel Cells!

Light the World Using Dirt Powered Fuel Cells!

Take a little bit of soil, add some microbes, a little bit of human ingenuity and you'll find yourself with the most unlikely source of power ever - dirt! Building off of this simple concept, a

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The 80mph TRIAC Goes on Sale!

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The 80mph TRIAC Goes on Sale!

Although we love our public transportation here at Inhabitat, we cannot deny the allure of a zero-emission vehicle. We're always excited to see more sustainable transportation options for

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John Todd wins Buckminster Challenge Award

John Todd wins Buckminster Challenge Award

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge honors visionary thinking that seeks to “solve humanity’s most pressing problems in the shortest possible time while enhancing the Earth’s ecological

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TOUCH | NY: Brazilian Eco Design hits NYC

TOUCH | NY: Brazilian Eco Design hits NYC

While we're looking forward to all of New York Design Week this year, there is one event in particular has piqued our interest. We've got our eye on TOUCH | NY, a three day design exhibit that

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BIOWAVE: Biomimicry Solution for Ocean Power

BIOWAVE: Biomimicry Solution for Ocean Power

Biomimicry - or designs based on natural systems - is one of the most intriguing methods for designers and engineers to create innovative and efficient solutions to problems. Inspired by forms

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SOLAR POWER TABLE! SOlo Lounge by Intelligent Forms

SOLAR POWER TABLE! SOlo Lounge by Intelligent Forms

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HOT NEW HYBRID CAR: The Fisker Karma

HOT NEW HYBRID CAR: The Fisker Karma

We love our green sports cars here at Inhabitat, and we have plenty of room on our favorites list for more than one. While we've been raving for the last two years about the Tesla Roadster, the

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TRANSPORTATION TUES: NOVA’s ‘Car of the Future’ Online

TRANSPORTATION TUES: NOVA’s ‘Car of the Future’ Online

We don't usually make a habit of asking you to stop reading Inhabitat and send you off to watch television, but this program is definitely worth it. If you live in the US and you weren't paying

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BKLYN SNEAK PEEK: Ayres Trundle Bed by Argington

BKLYN SNEAK PEEK: Ayres Trundle Bed by Argington

Named after one of the world’s most treasured natural wonders, Argington’s new Ayres Twin Bed tucks in your little treasures with the sleek signature style of this next generation minded

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: First Tesla Store Open in LA!

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: First Tesla Store Open in LA!

We get all revved up whenever we hear new developments on the fabulously sexy electric Tesla Roadster. We were floored when we caught our first glimpse of this ultra-sleek sports car, and

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Transportation Tuesday: May is Bike Month!

Transportation Tuesday: May is Bike Month!

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WIND POWERED WATCH: Urwerk UR-202

WIND POWERED WATCH: Urwerk UR-202

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VOTE NOW! Stellar Student Design at Milan 2008

VOTE NOW! Stellar Student Design at Milan 2008

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TRANSPORTATION TUES: Toronto’s Emission Free EcoCabs

TRANSPORTATION TUES: Toronto’s Emission Free EcoCabs

Photo by Roger Cullman Next time that you are in Toronto and need a quick ride, you might be able to call upon one of the city's new EcoCabs. Starting May 1st, Go Mobile Media will introduce

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Hy-bird Solar Hydrogen Plane

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Hy-bird Solar Hydrogen Plane

This solar-hydrogen plane might just be what Transportation Tuesday heaven looks like! The Hy-bird, by Lisa Airplanes, is a lightweight, hybrid plane made out of lightweight carbon fiber - it's

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