How Food Shapes the City of Norfolk

No one would ever think that food would play a huge role on how it effects how people live and where they live.  The city of Norfolk is a great example to start with considering all the places that involve food such as restaurants, grocery stores, bars and even the little kiosks on the side of the roads.  Throughout this presentation, you will learn how this is so by going back to the early ancient times in Europe because they needed to eat as well too, right?  The process and logic behind to making a city a better place is quite simple and it all starts with the individuals in them.  Taking better care of yourself and what you consume is for the betterment of where someone can live, regardless if it’s in a huge city or in the middle of the city, every place that has to do with food contributes one way or another.

http://prezi.com/vu0xbvv2kvic/how-food-shapes-our-cities/

How Food Shapes the City of Norfolk

No one would ever think that food would play a huge role on how it effects how people live and where they live.  The city of Norfolk is a great example to start with considering all the places that involve food such as restaurants, grocery stores, bars and even the little kiosks on the side of the roads.  Throughout this presentation, you will learn how this is so by going back to the early ancient times in Europe because they needed to eat as well too, right?  The process and logic behind to making a city a better place is quite simple and it all starts with 

How Food Shapes the City of Norfolk

No one would ever think that food would play a huge role on how it effects how people live and where they live.  The city of Norfolk is a great example to start with considering all the places that involve food such as restaurants, grocery stores, bars and even the little kiosks on the side of the roads.  Throughout this presentation, you will learn how this is so.  Going back to the early ancient times 

How Food Shapes the City of Norfolk

No one would ever think that food would play a huge role on how it effects how people live and where they live.  The city of Norfolk is a great example to start with considering all the places that involve food such as restaurants, grocery stores, bars and even the little kiosks on the side of the road.  

How Food Shapes the City of Norfolk

No one would ever think that food would play a huge role and how it effects how people live and where the

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 are estimated to be living in or near cities by mid-century.

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

Steffen discusses that our energy use is “predestined” rather than behavioral by the kinds of communities and cities we live in.  I agree with this because we are all influenced by our surroundings and the people we are involved with.

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

In a denser places, there will most likely be lower emissions due to it’s residents.

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

Steffen describes eco districts as whole new sustainable neighborhoods.  Norfolk I feel would be able to do as such but starting out in a dense area as a test field.  Although we are in a city surrounding, there are places where this could be tested.  We do get enough sun and rain to just have the basics to make an eco district grow and be successful.

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

I feel as if the “threshold effect” wouldn’t be as successful as Steffen thinks it might be.  He explains it as people stop driving as much and it would be in a more people-focused place.  I can definitely say it is useful in smaller towns but when thinking about Norfolk or bigger city-state areas, I disagree on how it could be successful overall due to inclement weather and the distance between places.

  • 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?

Space turning into a service would mean having the access and ability to access to capacity to things.  If people had easier access and ways to get from point A to point B, then I’m sure the threshold effect may work but in the mean time, not many places are like such.

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

It’s about the water use à green infrastructure, having clean and filtered eco systems around us, pollination, and soil and carbon sequestration, among other things.

 

  • Finally, overall in what way(s) do you see Steffen’s ideas working / not working here in Norfolk?

I think all of Steffen’s ideas presented in the idea could potentially work in the city of Norfolk.  Since we are a smaller city state, this would be a great trial and error area.  The threshold effect may work for us because many things are closer to each other but that does go back to thinking about having the access to capacity.  All the parking spaces would have to turn into bike racks if we’re trying to build an eco-district.  A lot of consideration would have to go into it, but nothing is impossible when thinking about our environment and our Earth that we’ll be living in and on for as long as we live.

Individual Problem Statement, Michele Malapit

In today’s society, transportation is a vital source of getting from point A to point B and the most used type of transportation are cars, busses, taxis, etc.  Something they all have in common is the use of fuel to actually utilize said technology.  With that being said, in our group, we decided to research this topic in hope to possibly  find a different way to power them and or make some type of difference in this field.  There is plenty of room for improvement because of what has already been invented in regards to hybrid powered cars and such.  With further thinking and creativity, solar power, hydro power, hybrid cars, and electric cars would add on to the availability of gas powered cars but in more eco-friendly ways.  If this becomes successful, the same or similar type of technology used to better this system could be used in our homes where “having the ability to make your own fuel is priceless”  (Biello).

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=hydrogen-house

 

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