Ideas on Solar Energy


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I’m a very huge fan of Solar energy, as well as other renewable energies such as Wind power, Hydropower, Biomass and Geothermal energy. I truly believe that they are the energy of the future, and I’m convinced that any government would make the right move by betting on renewables!

As a future green architect, my vision goes to the residential homes. Wouldn’t it be perfect if we could all depend only on renewables to supply the energy that we need for our homes? For me it is beyond doubt that this is it! For many reasons:

  • We have clean, sustainable sources of energy (no green house gases).
  • With a slight investment in the short term, we get great benefits in the middle and long term (infinite free energy).
  • Decentralization of power, reducing the costs of dirty energy transportation.
  • We can produce energy off the grid, which is very interesting in the case of communities in isolated locations.
  • The solar energy avoids politics and the increasingly volatility of fossil fuel markets.
  • The solar industry creates jobs! Just in Europe, where the adoption of solar energy is becoming wider, it has created 100,000 jobs so far. And it comes in many forms, from manufacturing, installing, monitoring and maintaining solar panels, to research and design, development, cultural integration and policy jobs.
  • Solar energy doesn’t result in the destruction of forests and ecosystems, as it occurs with most fossil fuel operations, because it doesn’t rely on constantly mining raw materials.
  • The best is yet to come: Solar technology is currently improving on a daily basis. Across the world, and particularly in Europe, savvy clean technology researchers are making enormous developments in solar technology. What was expensive, bulky, and inefficient yesterday, is becoming cheaper, more accessible, and vastly more efficient each week.

So, for me, the choice is clear: Renewables are the future!

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I recently followed NRGsolar on Twitter (@NRGsolar), and I discovered a company compromised with solar energy and, what I find more important, with taking care of our planet and leaving a sustainable heritage to the future generations!

More on solar and renewable energies:

Solar Energy International

Solar Energy – Your Infinite Resource

Solar Energy on Wikipedia

Renewable Energy World

US Environmental Protection Agency

Frank Lloyd Wright


Frank Lloyd Wright

I considered kind of an obligation to start my blog talking about a great architect such as Frank Lloyd Wright. The American Institute of Architects recognized him in 1991 as “the greatest American architect of all time”. Some even consider him to be the greatest architect of all. But, he never went to a formal architecture school…

Wright believed in designing structures which were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called “organic architecture”. This philosophy is best exemplified by his design of the Fallingwater Residence in Mill Run, Pennsylvania (1935):

Fallingwater Residence in Mill Run (Pennsylvania)

His humble American upbringing led him to learning under Louis Sullivan, another legend in architecture and to this day Wright is noted for his prairie-style buildings and organic influences. His organic and natural forms that seemed to become one with nature and his innovative detailing are still considered to be the best building and design concepts, even after nearly 150 years. Wright was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture and developed the concept of the “Usonian home”, his unique vision for urban planning in the United States.

His work includes original and innovative examples of many different building types, including offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also designed many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass. He also authored 20 books and many articles, and was a popular lecturer in the United States and in Europe. His colorful personal life often made headlines, most notably for the 1914 fire and murders at his Taliesin East Studio near Spring Green, Wisconsin (1911):

Taliesin East

He designed more than 1,000 structures and completed 532 works. His most notable projects include the Guggenheim Museum in New York City (1959):

The Guggenheim Museum in New York City

Arizona State University Gammage Auditorium (1964):

Arizona State University Gammage Auditorium

Taliesin West Studio in Scottsdale, Arizona (1937):

Taliesin West

 

More on Frank Lloyd Wright:

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust

Frank Lloyd Wright on Wikipedia