Modern Renovation for the New Generation

1 Mar

Norfolk overall  is an urbanized city that has its flaws but, also has a lot of potential. I have created a proposed plan of projects that will be incorporated into the new city of Norfolk. All of my plans will turn the city of Norfolk into a sustainable city. Norfolk has many attractions and events today that bring tourist in such as the beach, universities, and etc.  Various people love coming to this area to visit, but couldn’t see themselves living here. One of my main goals are to make Norfolk a more inviting city with a community feel.

This brings me to my first plan of creating apartment house communities. These communities will be so large that they will have their own theaters, department stores, and even churches. This will also be a method to house more people; it will be communities within communities. This gives the people of Norfolk new transportation, recreation, and other living conveniences and opportunities. Abandoned and vacant buildings will be put to use to create these communities. Norfolk already has plenty of job opportunities and successful companies in the area. But, there are a lot more low income people than there are professionals here in Norfolk. That’s why I will upgrade and expand these facilities resulting in more jobs for the average person.

The last area of Norfolk I will improve is its state of transportation and eco friendliness. This city has a lot of traffic congestions all of which is bad for the environment and people’s well-being. Cutting back on traffic congestions will provide better air quality, decrease pollution, global warming, and the risk of asthma, cancer, lung, and heart disease. Government official, business leaders and non-government organizations will come together to use the cities resources to improve the quality of life here.

First I will create a bike sharing program for the public, which will allow you to rent a bike at a certain rate. This will mean more additions of bike trails, and citywide paths for cyclist and walkers. All of these paths will connect to neighborhoods and attractions, in an effort to cut back on driving and traffic congestion. One implement that Norfolk has already added is The Tide Light rail. There will be more expansions made to this transportation service. The Tide will be spreading out to cover more of Norfolk, creating more routes. This will cut back on traffic and create a total transit network, helping to save trees in the future. This concludes a brief overview of my plans to create a new and improved sustainable Norfolk.


The Shareable Future of Cities

18 Feb
  • How many people does Steffen estimate we will have living in or near cities by mid-century?   8 billion perhaps more
  • Explain how you agree or disagree with Steffen’s point that our energy use is “predestined” rather than “behavioral”. I somewhat agree with this statement, I feel it depends on the situation and the person. I feel we get put in certain situations where we  have no choice but to use energy.  But in other situations we can conserve energy,  such as simply not having the light on in a room when it is not necessary. But like previously stated it all depends on the person.
  • What correlation does Steffen make between a city’s density and its climate emissions? Denser places tend to have lower emissions
  • What are the “eco districts” that Steffen mentions? How you see these as feasible or unfeasible in a city like Norfolk? Eco districts are areas where the town is more dense and compact. To make it easier to get to places and cut back on energy. I feel it could work in Norfolk if it gets to the point where its something really big and popular, this will make it more likely for people to resort to the Eco districts.
  • Explain how you agree or disagree with the “threshold effect” that Steffen discusses related to transportation. I agree with this threshold effect. When something becomes popular a bandwagon effect tends to happen. The more people are surrounded and exposed to something the more likely they are to join in with it.
  • 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? He means that people are coming together in a space to fight for the same cause, to improve its state. A example of this would be solar powered building that consists of suites of businesses.
  • Describe your understanding of Steffen’s argument that, “…it’s not about the leaves above, but the systems below…”. Its not about the little leaves that have grown from it, but its about the root of it how it all started and is being done. This will determine its end results and efficiency.
  • Finally, overall in what way(s) do you see Steffen’s ideas working / not working here in Norfolk? I can see them possibly working here, the main issue that i see concerning people would be the safety issues. Walking and saving energy would be a great thing, but people would have to feel comfortable in their environment walking around in the open. People would also have to change their way of thinking as stated in the video.

Abstract 1: Technology Overview and Impact

22 Jan

Brooks, D. (2001). Facing up to our fears. Newsweek, 138(17), 66.

This article presents information on how America addresses situations, in comparison to other countries. America takes an individualistic style, instead of confronting their fear and coming together as a nation. As stated by Mitchell Jeffery, “We need normality. We need structure.” America acts oblivious to how politics work, and the important factors that the nation faces. Other countries have more structure and actually trust in their leaders and army. They come together as a nation should, in times of injustice. “Psychologists like to put things in stages if they can,” says Randal Quevillon of the Disaster Mental Health Institute, “but reactions to terrorism don’t come in phases.” When unexpected events occur society has their own take when dealing with the issue. But the media portrays this false and reassuring image to bring peace to everyone. This gives America the opportunity to drift away from reality.  Fear is an uncontrollable emotion that is worth facing, it is very easy to be blown out of portion and taken to the extreme. To face the fears of our country, society must deal with it in a realistic manner. The September eleventh crisis was the root of fear in our country, but this problem must be addressed by our nation.  

This article gave me a whole new view on fear. I never took the time to look at our nation overall in this perspective. I definitely agree with the point made about America being individualist. I think here in America we have those that trust and believe in everything that the media portrays. But, on the other hand there are those that know the media is censored, and they show us what they feel we need to see. Most people believe that they have the duty of protecting their self instead of putting it in the hands of the leaders of our nation.

My Relationship with Technology

18 Jan




I feel that i have always had a pretty good overall relationship with technology. I know quite a bit about technology not as much as i would like. As i got older technology and gadgets really begin to interest me. This is how i got introduced to the Mechatronics program that was being offered at my high school. As you see in the picture above there is a example of a CIM cell that we had while i was this program. While i was in this program my level of knowledge on different technologies definitely increased. My favorite part was that this program was mainly hands on based. During this course of time i was introduced to AC and DC circuits, Robotics competion, CAD drawing, programming, and much more. I am always willing to learn about new innovations and technology that the future holds, i feel technology has a impact on all of us. So overall i love technology!!! =) 


“Whats going on in the world?”

18 Jan

One of the biggest headlines in technology for this week is the online piracy act. I first noticed as a trending topic on twitter. But as i start to go to some of my daily favorite websites, i also noticed they were shut down for the day to bring awareness to this act. I later found out that there is a total of over 7,000 websites shutting down for the day! Most people believe this act would lead to a world without “free knowledge”, and many of our loved websites. I agree i feel this will have a major impact on the internet if it happens. The government will basically censor the internet and choose what they feel we should see, and that just takes away our freedom. Don’t get me wrong i do feel piracy is wrong, but our liberty shouldn’t also be taken because of it. Sooo i decided to sign the petition. WHATS YOUR STAND ON THIS, AND WILL YOU ACT OUT?

Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King!

15 Jan

Martin Luther king was a very influential and powerful leader of our time. He will always be remembered as a icon in history.

Hello World!

13 Jan

First time blogging, hopefully this goes well 🙂