Energy in 3D: Designing the City of the Future

Energy in 3D: Designing the City of the Future

Giuliana Finco (MPI, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2426-7.ch023

Abstract

The course is developed from the study in Life Sciences and energy, till the deepening about the fossil and renewable sources, with video display, animations, little experiments, interactive games and multimedia presentations using the IWB of the renewable energy sources. After scoring a summary of key information, we switch to implement a Smart city planning workshop, drawing three-dimensionally objects with the 3D graphic application Sketchup, until build the city furnished with solar panels placed on the roofs. At the end of the trail, the educational activities are implemented in the Virtual World Scuola3D supported by a proactive and creative way to educate pupils by conscious and creative use of information and communication technologies, with the use of 3D and virtual worlds for live at three-dimensional virtual experience until they are able to design and build a three-dimensional ideal city, the “Smart city” for a sustainable future.
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Background

The “Blue Economy” Model: Simplicity and Creativity for Sustainable Change

A balanced mix of energy sources (fossil and renewable) and a more efficient use of resources by eliminating wastage, are not enough to cover the great need for energy while respecting the environment.

The use of renewables is still expensive and not within the reach of all.

As Gunter Pauli explains in his book Blue economy, the solutions for a green economy are too expensive. If access is limited to rich people only, the world cannot change, pollution will continue, as will global warming and the destruction of ecosystems (Pauli, 2010).

The blue economy model, instead, looks different: everything that is good for us and covers living necessities can be available with no expense, just by using the available resources, as in the ecosystems.

Cultivating mushrooms on coffee grounds, using a mobile phone without its battery, exploiting the heat produced by the body and the vibrations of the human voice, or even imitating the water supplying system a beetle uses, in order to reduce global warming, replacing the “throw-away metal blades of razors with silk threads. Science fiction? No: reality.

In nature there’s no unemployment nor waste. Everyone plays an important role and one’s wastes become raw material for the others, in a “cascade” system where nothing goes wasted (The Blue Economy.mov, 2010). In a recent interview Pauli said: “We must make better use of the energies we have, without wasting any more time. And we’ll do that faster if we look at the world through the eyes of children.”

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