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Learning to Design Buildings for Climate Change by CityTech Blogger Yocelyne Portillo

As a student majoring in Architectural Technology, climate change can influence and relate to my academic major in many ways. Architecture not only focuses on creating a well functioning and aesthetically pleasing building design, but it also must be safe and economical. It is important to design and construct energy-efficient buildings that could help reduce the climate change the Earth faces. There are some architectural courses that focus on sustainability in architecture as well as teaches students to understand climate change. Courses such as Building Performance Workshop introduce students to being innovative with building materials and systems that can lessen the impact of climate changes on our planet. In other courses like site planning students learn the importance of site development as related to architecture and the importance of sustainable site development.

https://interdisciplinaryfuturedesign.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/green-environmental-buildings-to-control-climate-change-for-the-future/

The architectural designs we produce in any design class does not only focus on incorporating the program requirements in mind but also an analysis of the site and how it may be affected by it. Victor Olygyay, a principal architect of the Rocky Mountain institute, said, “Architects must lead in building the solutions to climate change. By making good energy and environmental design part of standard practice, we send a positive signal that market forces are stronger than ever in recognizing and capturing the opportunities around climate-responsible practices. “If we design better and more efficient buildings we can help lessen climate change and its impacts on us.

 
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Radical Action needed or the world Could Be Doomed by CityTech blogger Richard Gonzalez

Who do we think we are? This is such a beautiful world we live in but we can’t manage to get things right. The article by Fiona Harvey, an environmental correspondent at The Guardian, discusses how humans are damaging the environment faster than it can recover. I would like to offer this: we are responsible for the damages caused by us. With all the scientists and intelligence throughout this beautiful world of ours, we should be able to increase awareness in all languages on the damages we are causing to our environment. Sustainability is a growing profession we should be pursuing in all our institutions, finding ways to reuse water and economize on energy. As the article said, irrigation water should be better sustained. The lowering of global warming through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture should also be a priority over profit. Developing countries need help in dealing with waste which ends up in our seas and oceans. The same water supports millions of fish, and their food. Here is another problem to solve: preventing the burning of solid waste, what! We are so advanced in technology we should be able to come up with innovative ways to care for our beautiful world. With these problems and a growing population we could be in for self-destruction if we do not act now. By conserving resources, making new ways of production, and keeping natural consumption we can prolong a beautiful world that will last forever.

Photograph: Jaipal Singh/EPA

 

 

 
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Solar Power: Incentives and Tesla? by CITI-Tech blogger Viki Bailey

Photo Credit: Winegard – Amazon / altered by Viki Bailey

Solar power, is the conversion of energy from sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), indirectly using concentrated solar power, or a combination of the two. There are many kinds of discounts and incentives to get people to invest in solar power. Do these incentives even work? If I was to create a new type of wireless energy it would be like the picture I provided with this blog, it would be small enough to fit along the surrounding edge of the roof. The roof appeal will still be there and you could hardly see the dish on the roof. The solar wireless energy idea came from my favorite inventor Nikola Tesla. He developed wireless energy many years ago, he had forethought into the future which is still being realized today, and companies applied that technology to what we know as inductive energy. You see it when the subject of wireless charging for cellphones comes up. Why not create a dish like the satellite dishes that can be placed on top of every building, or a light pole that can cast off energy wirelessly. Maybe if inventors of the solar panels change the look of the solar panel like I did in the picture, it may go over better with customers and the sales will rise. People will then see the benefits of investing in solar panels.

 

 

 
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Let’s See More Hybrid Vehicles! by Citi-Tech Blogger Viki Bailey

Photo Credit: MIT Technology Review

I have always wondered why car dealerships do not push to sell hybrid vehicles like they push to sale non-hybrid vehicles. I visited a car dealership just to experiment if the dealer would push the hybrid model and  oppose the non-hybrid model. The non-hybrid model was pushed upon me even after I said no for about six times. To have a good understanding for hybrid cars as is well needed among the public. I wish I can see more commercials and news stories about hybrid cars and less about backup cameras, self-driving cars, or lane detection technology. I wish there were more places like public charging stations on each corner as opposed to cellphone charging or emergency call kiosks.

What are hybrid cars? To my understanding they are cars that have two motors – an electric motor and a gasoline powered motor. A vehicle is a hybrid if it utilizes more than one form of onboard energy to achieve propulsion. To my understanding, that means a hybrid will have a traditional internal-combustion engine and a fuel tank, as well as one or more electric motors and a battery pack. The reason for two motors? The electric motor is better during stand time like in a traffic jam and the gas motor do better during highway high speed runs. I would like to see more charging kiosk for hybrid cars that would encourage buyers to invest.

 
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Coincidence, Prediction or War? What is going on that we don’t know? by CITI-tech blogger Sergio Carrillo

Photo Credit: Rebecca Blackwell / AP

Lately, Mexico has been shaken by several earthquakes in a row. These earthquakes started on September 7, 2017. One occurred with a magnitude of 8.2 killing hundreds of people. This was followed by another earthquake on September 19, with a magnitude of 7.2 causing infrastructure damage, and costing hundreds of lives. The devastation was continued with a 6.2 magnitude earthquake on Saturday September 23, 2017. A catastrophic event happened exactly 32 years ago, first with an earthquake with magnitude of 8.0 in September 19, 1985. These have been the most devastating earthquakes in recorded history, killing thousands of people and collapsing many buildings in the city of Mexico. Finally, followed by two foreshocks, one the next day with a magnitude of 7.5 and the other one seven months later with a magnitude of 7.0.

 

According to this data can we predict an event and be prepared? Is it a coincidence that an earthquake happens the same day 32 years after, or is something else is going on and we don’t know about it? Can climate change be an impact? What are countries like the United States of America doing to fight these events?

I personally think that is time for all of us to be careful on choices we make, like: who we want to represent us around the world and to be more cautious with mother nature. We can start bad events involving mother nature but I strongly believe that we are not capable of stopping natural disasters like these.

 
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