Automated Environments

Automated Environments

Gretchen Bakke [ Energy Security 35:06 ] The Goethe-Institut and Speculative Life Cluster (Concordia University) Conference on Automated Environments at the Canadian Centre for Architecture on November 1, 2017. Gretchen Bach holds a PhD from the University of Chicago in Cultural Anthropology. Her work focuses on the chaos and creativity that emerged during social cultural and technological transitions for the past decade. She

Microgrid 2017

Microgrid 2017

Gretchen Bakke [ 12:37 ] Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design, McGill University. Since about 2008 there has been a groundswell of intervention in the workings of what we now call the macrogrid that aren’t coming from within the utility sector. One of the great drivers of this shift from indifference toward action is the failing reliability of the current system.

Nano Liquid Batteries

Nano Liquid Batteries

John Katsoudas [ Climate Adaptation ] We all know that burning gasoline for transportation contributes significantly to an oncoming global calamity – climate change. We also know that switching to electric vehicles – or EVs – can improve the situation. I bet all of you, like me, care about the environment and most of you, like me, don’t own an electric vehicle. I’m

Graphene

Graphene

Shou-En Zhu [ Energy Security 15:47 ] Nano materials and nanostructures exist everywhere in our natural world. Take a look at the wing of a dragonfly. If we zoom in 100,000 times and look at the transparent membrane, we can see the nanostructures which are invisible to the naked eye. Graphene is transparent. This is a molecular model of graphene. To make it