Technology Resources 2018-09-23T17:26:46+00:00

Sustainable Tech Books (6)

  • Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

    Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
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    "Reduce, reuse, recycle," urge environmentalists; in other words, do more with less in order to minimize damage. But as architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart point out in this provocative, visionary book, such an approach only perpetuates the one-way, "cradle to grave" manufacturing model, dating to the Industrial Revolution, that creates such fantastic amounts of waste and pollution in the first place.

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  • Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide

    Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide
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    Written for students and practitioners in the fields of architecture and interior design, our new Architecture Brief Sustainable Design provides a concise overview of all the techniques available for reducing the energy footprint of structures and spaces. With clear, simple language and a practical "can do" approach, author David Bergman covers everything from the profession's ethical responsibility, to design structures and spaces that sustain our natural resources, to specific considerations such as rainwater harvesting, graywater recycling, passive heating techniques, solar orientation, green roofs, wind energy, daylighting, indoor air quality, material evaluation and specification, and how to work with green building certification programs.

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  • Design Like You Give a Damn

    Design Like You Give a Damn
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    Design Like You Give a Damn is the indispensable handbook for anyone committed to building a more sustainable future. Following the success of their first book, Architecture for Humanity brings readers the next edition, with more than 100 projects from around the world. Packed with practical and ingenious design solutions, this book addresses the need for basic shelter, housing, education, health care, clean water, and renewable energy. One-on-one interviews and provocative case studies demonstrate how innovative design is reimagining community and uplifting lives.

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  • The Philosophy of Sustainable Design

    The Philosophy of Sustainable Design
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    In the Philosophy of Sustainable Design, McLennan outlines the major ideas and issues that have emerged in the growing movement of green architecture and sustainable design over the last thirty years. This book is intended as a starting point for anyone involved in the building industry on a journey to learn how they can build more responsibly. The book is rooted in practical knowledge but rather than being a ‘how to book’ asks individuals to understand how the philosophy of sustainable design can affect their own work.

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  • Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era

    Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era
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    Imagine fuel without fear. No climate change. No oil spills, no dead coalminers, no dirty air, no devastated lands, no lost wildlife. No energy poverty. No oil-fed wars, tyrannies, or terrorists. No leaking nuclear wastes or spreading nuclear weapons. Nothing to run out. Nothing to cut off. Nothing to worry about. Just energy abundance, benign and affordable, for all, forever.

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  • Biomimicry for Designers

    Biomimicry for Designers
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    The natural world contains infinite examples of how to achieve complex behaviors and applications by using simple materials in a clever way. As we begin to exhaust the natural resources we rely on to create our products and environments, designers are increasingly turning to nature―where organisms make use of limited raw materials to survive―for inspiration about how to invent fascinating solutions to everyday design problems.

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Complex Technologies Books (3)

  • Complex Engineered Systems: Science Meets Technology

    Complex Engineered Systems: Science Meets Technology
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    This book sheds light on the large-scale engineering systems that shape and guide our everyday lives. It does this by bringing together the latest research and practice defining the emerging field of Complex Engineered Systems. Understanding, designing, building and controlling such complex systems is going to be a central challenge for engineers in the coming decades. This book is a step toward addressing that challenge.

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  • Large scale Complex Systems and Systems of Systems Engineering: Case Studies

    Large scale Complex Systems and Systems of Systems Engineering: Case Studies
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    With the growing maturity of information and communication technologies, systems have been interconnected within growing networks, yielding new services through a combination of the system functionalities. This leads to an increasing complexity that has to be managed in order to take advantage of these system integrations. This book provides key answers as to how such systems of systems can be engineered and how their complexity can be mastered.

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  • Human Factors in Simple and Complex Systems

    Human Factors in Simple and Complex Systems
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    Recently, there have been a number of advances in technology, including in mobile devices, globalization of companies, display technologies and healthcare, all of which require significant input and evaluation from human factors specialists. Accordingly, this textbook has been completely updated, with some chapters folded into other chapters and new chapters added where needed. The text continues to fill the need for a textbook that bridges the gap between the conceptual and empirical foundations of the field.

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Technology Videos (2)

  • Industry 4.0 - The Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Industry 4.0 - The Fourth Industrial Revolution
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    The vision of tomorrow's manufacturing: In intelligent factories, machines, raw materials, and products communicate within an "Internet of things" and cooperatively drive production. Products find their way independently through the production process.

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  • Watch How Smart Parts Self-Assemble

    Watch How Smart Parts Self-Assemble
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    What if if a table or a bridge could build itself? If researchers at the self-assembly lab at MIT have their way, parts will someday put themselves together. Skylar Tibbits shows Bloomberg what a self-assembling future could look like.

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Urban Systems Books (3)

  • The New Science of Cities

    The New Science of Cities
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    In The New Science of Cities, Michael Batty suggests that to understand cities we must view them not simply as places in space but as systems of networks and flows. To understand space, he argues, we must understand flows, and to understand flows, we must understand networks―the relations between objects that comprise the system of the city. Drawing on the complexity sciences, social physics, urban economics, transportation theory, regional science, and urban geography, and building on his own previous work, Batty introduces theories and methods that reveal the deep structure of how cities function.

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  • Complexity Theories of Cities Have Come of Age

    Complexity Theories of Cities Have Come of Age
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    Today, our cities are an embodiment of the complex, historical evolution of knowledge, desires and technology. Our planned and designed activities co-evolve with our aspirations, mediated by the existing technologies and social structures. The city represents the accretion and accumulation of successive layers of collective activity, structuring and being structured by other, increasingly distant cities, reaching now right around the globe.

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  • Cities and Complexity

    Cities and Complexity
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    Mario Carpo provides a subtle and insightful discussion of the intellectual structures that guide architectural composition and the ways that these structures were transformed by the historic shifts from script to print and from hand-made drawings to mechanically reproduced images. He goes on to suggest that the current shift from print to digital representations will have similarly profound consequences. This is a crucial text for anyone interested in the interrelationships of media and design processes.

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Urban Systems Videos (4)

  • Rethinking Infrastructure at the 2014 Global Infrastructure Initiative

    Rethinking Infrastructure at the 2014 Global Infrastructure Initiative
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    We need to change our approach to infrastructure to keep up with new demands. This video highlights how some countries are rising to the challenge.

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  • Thinking Cities in the Networked Society

    Thinking Cities in the Networked Society
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    The documentary 'Thinking Cities' deals with one of the most dramatic societal trends happening today: urbanization. The world population is expected to soar to more than 9 billion people by 2050, with roughly 70 percent living in cities. At the same time, Information Communications Technology (ICT) is extending its reach.

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  • Urban systems, vulnerability and resilience

    Urban systems, vulnerability and resilience
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    Sam Kernaghan, from Arup's International Development team, discusses a resilience-based approach to climate change in cities, and presents examples from the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN). Talk first delivered at UCL, London on 16th January 2012.

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  • Urban Network Analysis Toolbox Introduction

    Urban Network Analysis Toolbox Introduction
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    Introduction video for Urban Network Analysis Toolbox which provides tools and metrics to better understand our cities and helps plan for the future.

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Analytics Books (1)

  • Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think

    Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think
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    Financial Times Business Book of the Year Finalist“Illuminating and very timely . . . a fascinating — and sometimes alarming — survey of big data’s growing effect on just about everything: business, government, science and medicine, privacy, and even on the way we think.”—New York TimesIt seems like “big data” is in the news every day, as we read the latest examples of how powerful algorithms are teasing out the hidden connections between seemingly unrelated things.

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Analytics Videos (2)

  • Smarter analytics

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    Why data matters: The Age of Analytics. Watch John Cohn and Jai Menon talking about the coming analytics age. We had the iron age, the atomic age, the computer age, etc. Now we are entering in the analytics age.

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  • Smarter predictions

    Smarter predictions
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    Summarize data is the descriptive part of taking data and providing it to people. The next phase of data management is predictive. The final phase is prescriptive analytics: it's not just telling you what going on or what might happen but it's also telling you what to do about it. This is what going to happen.

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Blockchain Videos (6)

  • IN BLOCKCHAIN WE TRUST

    IN BLOCKCHAIN WE TRUST
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    Many people regard blockchain as a technological breakthrough comparable to the Internet: like the Internet in the mid-1990s, many think it will increase the potential for freedom. Blockchains are decentralised public ledgers that record transactions. A blockchain resembles a network in which each participating computer maintains the ledger. Cryptographic methods are used to secure the recorded transactions against manipulation.

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  • Future of Decentralization What role for the legal system

    Future of Decentralization What role for the legal system
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    Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum), Primavera De Filippi (Harvard/CNRS), Lawrence Lessig (Harvard) Moderated by Constance Choi (Seven Advisory/CNRS)

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  • Alternative Economies and Reputation-Based Systems

    Alternative Economies and Reputation-Based Systems
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    Exploring the blockchain as a means to expand the traditional concept of money and value. What is the impact of crypto-currencies on traditional measurements of economic value? Can the blockchain support the creation of alternative value systems? Are these viable, and better measures of economic growth in the Information Age? What are the new economics and incentive structures of tomorrow?

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  • A Liquid Economic OS of Supply Chain on Blockchain

    A Liquid Economic OS of Supply Chain on Blockchain
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    Follow Sweetbridge CEO Scott Nelson and Ethereum blockchain expert advisor Vinay Gupta down countless astonishing rabbit holes in this near-2-hour edition of the September 2017 London conversation. Topics include the history and future of money, banking and cryptocurrency, as it relates to supply chains, global economics, asset liquidity and how individuals and companies will realize value through innovations in blockchain, IoT, AI and 3D printing.

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  • Vinay Gupta l The Internet of Agreements l Meaning

    Vinay Gupta l The Internet of Agreements l Meaning
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    Vinay Gupta takes a uniquely analytical approach to the world and its technology, embracing a view of the future that recognises both utopia and apocalypse. His remarkably pragmatic approach to the challenges we face makes a refreshing change from the hyperbole of the tech media.

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  • The Behavioral Mathematics of Cryptoeconomics

    The Behavioral Mathematics of Cryptoeconomics
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    How can complex mathematics help predictively model human behaviors within economic systems to design a better blockchain-based value exchange? A new discipline of cryptoeconomic math is emerging to inform economic protocol designs such as utility and discount tokens.

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