VERGE Talk: Disruptive technologies — how GIS is transforming crisis management

June 28, 2018 by  
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The VP of Operations at the Los Angeles Homeland Security Council explains how a data-driven tool they created for the City and County of L.A. changed her community’s ability to respond in emergency situations and redefined its crisis management systems — across the utilities, police, fire and other vital government departments. She tells the stories of accelerated resilience and security across various community groups and shares her lessons and resources for Hawaii and other areas in need.

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"Have to have see-through," says Trump of border wall

March 14, 2018 by  
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President Donald Trump stopped in Otay Mesa during his trip to California to inspect eight prototypes of the potential border wall . His feedback? “You have to have see-through,” Trump told reporters, according to CBS Los Angeles . “You have to know what’s on the other side of the wall. You could be two feet away from a criminal cartel and you don’t even know they’re there.” If we don’t have a wall system, we’re not going to have a country. Congress must fund the BORDER WALL & prohibit grants to sanctuary jurisdictions that threaten the security of our country & the people of our country. We must enforce our laws & protect our people! #BuildTheWall pic.twitter.com/NGqNueukvj — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018 Trump examined 30-foot border wall prototypes during his first trip to California since he won the election. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported he preferred a combination of a see-through wall topped with steel or rounded concrete to make it harder for climbers to scale. Archinect said there were solid, opaque options as well as four other materials, non-concrete prototypes Trump appeared to favor. Related: Artists are turning the U.S.-Mexico border fence into the world’s longest peace-themed mural The president said, “If you don’t have a wall system, we’re not going to have a country. There’s a lot of problems in Mexico , they have the cartels. We’re fighting the cartels, we’re fighting them hard.” Trump also addressed criticism about the border wall from California’s governor, Jerry Brown , saying he thinks the governor “has done a very poor job running California” and “the place is totally out of control.” “You have sanctuary cities where you have criminals living in the sanctuary cities,” he said. Brown responded on Twitter , saying bridges are better than walls. ? Thanks for the shout-out, @realDonaldTrump . But bridges are still better than walls. And California remains the 6th largest economy in the world and the most prosperous state in America. #Facts — Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov) March 13, 2018 The San Diego Union-Tribune said hordes of both supporters and critics gathered throughout San Diego, and people were largely peaceful, but for shouting insults at the other side, and a Mexican flag was torn and almost burned. CBS Los Angeles said people peacefully protested Trump’s visit, chanting, “No ban! No wall!” Via CBS Los Angeles , The San Diego Union-Tribune , and Archinect Image via U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Flickr

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Studio Gang unveils plans to renovate and expand the Arkansas Arts Center

March 14, 2018 by  
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Studio Gang just unveiled plans for a new project that will strengthen the connections between different spaces at the Arkansas Arts Center . The plan comprises a series of glazed pavilions with pleated roofs, and it will refurbish the existing exhibition , education and performance facilities. Studio Gang collaborated with landscape architect Kate Orff of SCAPE Landscape Architecture to deliver a design will increase visitor services by 81 percent, exhibitions and collections management by 25 percent, and education, public programs and the Museum School by 50 percent. The scheme will give a highly visible architectural identity to the Arts Center and reorganize the current program and architectural envelope. Related: Studio Gang is Transforming a Dirty Coal Power Plant Into a Green Arts College Studio Gang designed a pleated, organic building that connects the new north-facing city entrance with a glass pavilion and south-facing park entrance. An open axis public gallery runs through the building, connecting the various components of the AAC. “Starting from the inside out, the design clarifies the organization of the building and extends its presence into MacArthur Park and out to Crescent Lawn,” said Gang. “By doing so, the Center becomes a vibrant place for social interaction, education, and appreciation for the arts.” New public plazas and gardens at the north and south entrances of the center will foster stronger connections with the park. Planted groves along the west side of the building will create a forested edge that blends into the park. A framework of new trees will, over time, merge with the existing canopy to form a forest park. + Studio Gang + SCAPE Landscape Architecture

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Cyber chaos versus climate chaos

September 12, 2017 by  
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It is not if, but when, they will hit your company.

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10 Minutes with Jackie Prince Roberts, Carlyle Group

September 12, 2017 by  
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On change management, diversity and — forest bathing?

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5 ways city-focused climate funds drive efficient buildings

September 12, 2017 by  
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It’s a $290 billion opportunity in commercial buildings alone.

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Solar-powered robotic umbrella tracks the sun to provide shade

August 23, 2017 by  
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What if you could sit outside in the shade all day without ever having to move your umbrella ? That’s the vision ShadeCraft brings to life with Sunflower – what they say is the world’s first autonomous robotic shade that tracks the sun . The umbrella is solar-powered – and can even charge other devices. Photovoltaic panels keep the Sunflower umbrella moving to shade users. But the umbrella also serves as a portable source of solar power, storing excess energy in batteries able to last for over 72 hours. A USB connection allows users to charge mobile devices while sitting in the shade. The 122 by 84 by 84 inch umbrella can rotate 360 degrees with the help of three electric motors, and can tilt 45 degrees. Related: Finally, an umbrella you’ll never lose Wait, there’s more. The Sunflower is equipped with sensors that track air quality , weather, and wind. If wind speeds get too high, the Sunflower will actually close to escape damage. It also comes with cameras that can be utilized as part of a home security system – they’re able to record a 360 panoramic view for either safety or simply capture a picturesque moment. ShadeCraft’s SmartShade app allows users to access the data, even from a distance. Using the app, they can check out air quality or view the area remotely. The umbrella is also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, so users can connect to their other smart home technology or control the Sunflower from afar. And a microphone and speaker system allow for voice command and artificial intelligence integration – or lets users jam to their favorite music while sitting outside under the shade. So how much does the Sunflower cost? Around $2,700, according to Bloomberg , which quoted inventor Armen Gharabegian as saying the company could start shipping the product as soon as early 2018. + ShadeCraft Via Curbed Images via ShadeCraft

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Hyundai’s first long-range EV arrives next year

August 23, 2017 by  
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Hyundai has been pretty quiet on its electric car plans, with the exception of its recently introduced Ioniq models. But now the automaker has confirmed it will introduce new extended-range electric cars within the next few years. The first will be a 242-mile-range SUV, followed by a sedan with a 310-mile-range. It had already been rumored that the new Hyundai Kona SUV would get a fully electric version, but now Hyundai has confirmed it. The small Kona SUV will get an electric version sometime next year, with a driving range of around 242 miles. That means it will have the longest driving range of any electrified SUV, with the exception of the Tesla Model X . Of course, that title could change, since Audi is also close to introducing its new 300-mile-range SUV. After the new Kona SUV is introduced, Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis will release its own electric car by 2021. The new luxury electric car will have a driving range around 310 miles, making it a direct rival to the Tesla Model S . Hyundai hasn’t got any plans for a long-range Kia EV, but both the Hyundai and Kia brands are slated to get a range of new electrified models. The company plans to releae 31 eco-friendly models by 2020. With the new focus on electric cars, Hyundai isn’t giving up on fuel cell vehicles . They recently unveiled the next fuel cell SUV as a thinly disguised concept that will be powered by a fourth-generation hydrogen fuel cell system that is not only more powerful, but has a longer driving range than the current Tucson Fuel Cell SUV. + Hyundai Via VentureBeat Images @Hyundai

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Chinese researchers hack a Tesla from 12 miles away

September 21, 2016 by  
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When a new high-tech product or piece of software hits the market, the inevitable next thing is that hackers try to find its weak points. Although Tesla likely employed its own hackers in developing the Autopilot program on its Model S electric cars, the released version (and its subsequent updates) are anything but foolproof. A Chinese research team became the latest group to successfully hack a Tesla but, unlike their predecessors who usually sit in the back seat or just outside the car, they were able to take control of the vehicle from a staggering 12 miles away. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1XyhReNcHY Keen Security Lab researchers Samuel LV, Sen Nie, Ling Liu and Wen Lu successfully hacked a Tesla Model S P85 and Model 75D from 12 miles away, and they think they could perform the same remote attack on other models. The team targeted the car’s controller area network, or Can bus, the “brain” that controls all sorts of functions on nearly every modern car. The team managed to gain control over the car’s brakes, door locks, and other electronic features that a malicious hacker could use to cause serious damage, or even a fatal collision. Related: Tesla sues oil exec for allegedly impersonating Elon Musk to get trade secrets Additionally, the security researchers gained control of features that could be used to simply annoy a driver incessantly. From 12 miles away, the team could move the seats back and forth, engage the indicator lights, control wing mirrors and windshield wipers. They could even open the sunroof and trunk, while the car was driving as well as parked. The Keen team notified Tesla about the vulnerability before it hit the headlines. Tesla was quick to develop a software patch to protect against this type of hack attack, and has already deployed it over-the-air to affected models. “The issue demonstrated is only triggered when the web browser is used, and also required the car to be physically near to and connected to a malicious Wi-Fi hotspot,” said the company in a statement. “Our realistic estimate is that the risk to our customers was very low, but this did not stop us from responding quickly.” Via Gizmodo Lead image via Tesla Motors  

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Tiny new flat-packed off-grid homes offer affordable housing breakthrough

September 21, 2016 by  
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For 11 years, Australia ‘s five major cities have been listed as “severely unaffordable” – making home ownership just a dream for many. Architect Alex Symes realized home ownership is typically tied to land ownership, but land prices are now so high, most people can’t afford to buy. As a result, Alex started Big World Homes . The goal is to disrupt expensive city housing with tiny , flat-packed, off-grid homes that sell for between $60K and $80K in Australian dollars, or around $45K to $60K. https://vimeo.com/180534968 A Big World Home is created with 39 flat-pack panels, which are comprised of ” low environmental impact materials “, including plywood, thermal insulation, and lightweight cladding. Even people without building experience can erect a Build World Home using a drill and a hammer, with access to online support. Related: Solar-powered POD-Idladla is a tiny flat-pack home for two that lets you live almost anywhere A basic home is equipped with a bed, living room, and bathroom complete with plumbing. The home is powered by solar panels and receives running water via rainwater tanks. The whole home, built atop a trailer, is portable. A Big World Home can even grow with a family; owners can add more modules to add more space to their home. Land is still a factor, but Big World Homes partners with ” developers, councils, community groups, and individual landowners ” to find land spaces from unused plots to backyards where one Big World Home or a pop-up community can be erected. On September 29 in Waterloo, Australia, a group of “non-skilled volunteers” will build a Big World House in a few hours using solely a drill and a hammer. That home will be displayed at the Sydney Architecture Festival from September 30 to October 3, 2016. Big World Homes is also crowdsourcing via Chuffed to build that first home and a pioneer community. You can donate here . + Big World Homes + Big World Homes Chuffed Campaign Images courtesy of Big World Homes

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