Posted by: Alexander Dove | March 1, 2012

Changing the Face of Norfolk

My plan is to incorporate green living into residences. I want to put an end to suburbs, and I want to build up rather than out and to create an urban city comparable to New York. Public transportation is also something that needs to be addressed. The TIDE train has such a limited track, and I think it would be beneficial to extend it to other parts of Norfolk and throughout Hampton Roads as well.

Waste will be dealt with in a manner that would limit what is actually being wasted, and water will be put through natural purification processes. I also feel that incorporating solar panels, wind turbines, and waves turbines will be the key making Norfolk self-sustaining.
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Posted by: Alexander Dove | February 20, 2012

The Shareable Future of Cities

How many people does Steffen estimate we will have living in or near cities by mid-century?

  • 8 billion people or more

Explain how you agree or disagree with Steffen’s point that our energy use is “predestined” rather than “behavioral”.

  • I agree with Steffen because we do the same things everyday that require energy. We see the illusion that our energy usage is behavioral, but that simply is not true.

What correlation does Steffen make between a city’s density and its climate emissions?

  • There is a direct relationship. Denser places have lower emissions. In an denser place, things that we need are closer to us, so there are less emissions from transportation.

What are the “eco districts” that Steffen mentions? How you see these as feasible or unfeasible in a city like Norfolk?

  • They are districts in the city that are built just for the purpose of being eco-friendly. They are new districts started from scratch, and they are not just updated versions of the original district. All they need is coming from within, and not from elsewhere.

Explain how you agree or disagree with the “threshold effect” that Steffen discusses related to transportation.

  • I agree with the “threshold effect” that Steffen describes in the video. When people in dense areas are surrounded by places that make them feel at home they might give up their cars completely. If I lived in New York, I would probably not even own a car even though there are still plenty of transportation emissions in cities like New York.

What does Steffen mean by the idea that, “…even space itself is turning into a service…”? Can you provide any examples that you see here in Norfolk or elsewhere?

  • I think he means that we should take advantage of the spaces around us. Do we need to construct new buildings when an abandoned space could be renovated and used for the same purpose?

Describe your understanding of Steffen’s argument that, “…it’s not about the leaves above, but the systems below…”.

  • It’s not about what everyone sees, but it’s about the efficiency of the projects and the project’s ability to recycle the energy required of it.

Finally, overall in what way(s) do you see Steffen’s ideas working / not working here in Norfolk? Spend time with this question!

  • I would love to see  eco districts arise in Norfolk. We have so much of what nature provides around this city. It would be amazing to see Norfolk become self-sufficient. Driving around I can see several run-down and abandoned buildings that could be refitted to be greener and more productive for Norfolk. One thing that will need to be improved is the amount of crime in this area. A lot of people decide not to move to this area because of the crime-rate. 
Posted by: Alexander Dove | February 17, 2012

Are You a Nomophobe?

I just  thought this was an interesting article.

Posted by: Alexander Dove | February 10, 2012

Space Flight – Correction

I was wrong in a key detail in my last post, so forgive me. I went digging around NASA’s website to see what was going on. Here is a direct quote about their future plans.

The end of the space shuttle program does not mean the end of NASA, or even of NASA sending humans into space. NASA has a robust program of exploration, technology development and scientific research that will last for years to come. Here iswhat’s next for NASA:

  • NASA is designing and building the capabilities to send humans to explore the solar system, working toward a goal of landing humans on Mars.
  • The International Space Station is fully staffed with a crew of six, and American astronauts will continue to live and work there in space 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Part of the U.S. portion of the station has been designated as a national laboratory, and NASA is committed to using this unique resource for scientific research.
  • Commercial companies are well on their way to providing cargo and crew flights to the ISS, allowing NASA to focus its attention on the next steps into our solar system.
  • NASA is researching ways to design and build aircraft that are safer, more fuel-efficient, quieter, and environmentally responsible. NASA is also part of the government team that is working to develop the Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen, to be in place by the year 2025.
  • NASA is conducting an unprecedented array of science missions that will seek new knowledge and understanding of Earth, the solar system and the universe.”

The part in bold is the key information that I had incorrect.

Posted by: Alexander Dove | February 10, 2012

Advances in Space Flight

Don’t get me wrong, I love NASA, but when the U.S. government decided not have any more manned space flights on our own I was really upset. However, I did not realize what would happen in the field of space exploration in the United States. Companies are basically competing for the most efficient, safest, and fastest way into space. Moreover, this healthy competition is uncovering several innovations and advances in this study. Who is to say I won’t be able to afford a trip into space before I die?

Below is a press release from Space Technologies Corp (SpaceX). Read on if you’re interested in learning about some of the amazing innovations and advances in space flight.

SuperDraco engines will provide the Dragon spacecraft with the capability to perform on target propulsive landings anywhere in the solar system. Credit: SpaceX


Posted by: Alexander Dove | January 20, 2012

Google-Cide! Fox News

I found this article extremely interesting!

Posted by: Alexander Dove | January 18, 2012

My Relationship with Technology

I enjoy using technology, and I use it in my day-to-day life. I am on my computer all the time, and I always have my phone and my iPod touch with me. I tweet and I check Facebook all the time. I need to stay connected with my friends and random followers.

Posted by: Alexander Dove | January 17, 2012

Another Post

I just decided to write something else on here to keep up my familiarity with wordpress and to try some new stuff. I am excited to work more on here for class, and I’m hoping to have a more personal blog after this class ends.

Posted by: Alexander Dove | January 13, 2012

Hello World

Glad to be starting my new blog.