Assignment 3

Norfolk has a great opportunity to remake Norfolk into a great place where people will want to come to Norfolk and make a living. But, right now you can say Norfolk is in that class as like New York and Hollywood. How dose Norfolk do this? Well its not easy at all since I have an unlimited budget. We need to flat out almost remodel Norfolk. First make it eco friendly, second use what is happening in Europe a walk-shed area, third public transported expand the Tide.

            Now none of this is easy at all for what I have plan for Norfolk. I believe the tide is an great system but I believe you need to explain the tide. Because there are a couple of areas in downtown Norfolk that are great I believe and we can build around those areas. This area is near the Space I believe we can explain from those areas it’s an great area and we need to build around that area. Also, make the Space a walk shed area and make people walk, bike and public transported. Also tarring down old neighborhoods and build up. Build up with multiple apartments first it would make Norfolk look a lot nice and we can make it eco friendly. If we make all the new buildings eco friendly we would reduce the energy. 

            Now most of the old neighborhoods would be torn down and redone but what about the big business buildings well first we can put solar panels on all the builds and make then use renewable energy. Also, it rains a lot in Norfolk why not collect that rain water and reuse it. Also using all of those reusable energies you will be saving the plant and also helping bring people into Norfolk.



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the shareable future of cities

Posted: February 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

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

About 8 billion people

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

I agree that we predestined our energy. It depends where we live, and that helps us predestined our energy.

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

tent poles rising the density in the few places

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

I posted a link that was very interesting on what Portland Oregan is doing about eco districts. An eco district consists of using the energy around us better. For example, using the sun to heat rooms, collecting rain water, and making building better to use less energy. I believe their are some areas of Norfolk that could be an eco district. One of the areas is ODU and they keep constructing buildings. This area could be constructed as an eco district, or if renovations are being made to old buildings make them more eco friendly.

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

I agree with the threshold effect, I hope we see more of it in Norfolk. The walk shield life can cut transport emissions by 90%. That is unbelievable until it is thought about. If people could walk, ride a bike, and take public transport to where they need to go, it would be more environmentally friendly. If it was encouraged not only by government but also by you neighbors, people would want to participate in the idea of the walk shield life. Which means people would not be using cars!!!!

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?

Steffen is saying is that you can use the same space with multiple people for very different reasons. The Ted, at ODU, for its main purpose was used for the basketball games. Now it is use for many reasons now like concerts, shows, and other special events.

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

The systems below are very important. We need to think about how we can improve it more now. If you have a system that collects rain, it means that water will be stored so that trees could be watered.

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

Some of Steffen’s ideas can be seen working in Norfolk while others not at all. I can see where we can turn parts of  Norfolk into Eco districts. Also, urban retrofitting using the space we already have. I really see what can work in Norfolk is flat out taking some of the streets out and making a totally walking place or bike or for the Tide. No streets mean that no one will be using any cars at all. In one area of Norfolk you can try this, and make it work is the Scope area. Take some of the streets out from there and making people walk , use their  bikes and public transportation.


Posted: January 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

We had a really good discussion about began totally free. Many people share when they felt this way. At that time I could not think of the last time this has happen to me. Then of course right after class I thought of when that happened. I was 17 years old last year in high school, my ice hockey team at that time took a trip to Canada. During that time the team made time to ski and snowboard. About six players and some parents didnt want to go skiing or snowboarding. The bus driver decided to take us on like a tour of the city. During this great tour we went to the side of a MT and at the top was this little pond frozen over. Began ice hockey players for VA not a lot of frozen ponds down here. We decided to play a game of ice hockey and I remmber it felt like no one could touch us. All of us were on top of the world. My mind or body never felt so free. I felt that i could do anything. when it was time to go, we alone thought we played like an hour but, it was really almost three hours. I never felt so free in my life and I don’t think that kind of feeling like that will ever happen again.

Abstract 1:Overview and Impact

Posted: January 22, 2012 in Abstract

John Borland (2008): Analyzing the Internet Collapse: In February of 2008 two out of the three underwater cables connecting the internet for people in the Mediterranean area. In this article, it explains in that area of the world there are so many cables of internet. Also this article explains that in other areas this would not be that big of a deal because there are more cables. In this area at one point there was no reason to have a lot of cable go that way because there was not that muct traffic going in that direction. But now that people and bussness are using more of the internet in that area. Because that two of the three main cables went down it causes a huge problem. Also later it explains how repairs are going to happen and when. Also they are planning more cables in this area in a few years.

This article is very interesting because I remember this a couple of years ago. I remember people were going crazy, over this problem. At the time I really didn’t care about it but, now that I think about it, I can see it causing a huge problem. businesses could not connect with they customers. People could not talk to love ones. I believe after reading this article we need more cables in this area so people can stay connected.

Technology …

Posted: January 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

I have a intesting relationship with technology. I love technology I can not imagine what i would do without a computer, hockey gear, and the red apple. But, I really do not understand how it works. I can’t tell you how my computer or my gear works for all the sports. As long as the technology I have works, then its great. Hopefully after this class i will have a better understanding on how technology works. I use technolgy all the time but i don’t know how it works, i have no clue. People have tried to tell me how technology works but it sounds like a new languge to me, and after that person tells me there like “do you get it,” but I have have no clue what they’er talking about.

My First Post

Posted: January 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

Glad to be staring my first blog! 🙂

Hello world!

Posted: January 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

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