"Zabaleen" is the Arabic term for those visionary and enterprising people whose culture revolves around recycling. The Zabaleen are experts at "transforming one man's garbage into another man's gold" and aspire toward a net zero-waste economy. Applied and supported this could lead to true energy independence, not only by radically reducing our demand for "raw materials" and hard to extract natural resources but by recycling other less obvious phenomena and materials that are now wasted.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
VirtuoCity in Google Earth
The concept is great -- a real life second life that has real utility for urban explorers and visitors. Mark Veth presented this at the FMX 2010 conferences where we also presented (as part of the 5d group). What I was championing for at the conference was adding another layer of utility to great tools like this -- the... ability to conduct real-time experiments in urban redesign with accurate physics and plausible social consequences -- for example, in Cairo Egypt we are working with communities to build solar hot water and biogas systems and site them properly. We would like the community to be able to "play" through various green retrofit scenarios by branching off from what currently exists to model a hypothetical future. It would kind of be like a real-life real time mix of SimCity and the Sims meets Google Sketchup and Spore with the chance to try "what-if" scenarios for community and household improvement. Would that be possible to do ? Who will work on this with us?