The Myth of Sisyphus

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An intermediate level discussion exploring the areas of Suburbia, New Orleans and Las Vegas as absurd environmental regions.  The talk explores how to identify potential areas of energy and resource savings and maps out a plan to fix them.

By Eric Corey Freed, organicARCHITECT

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The Myth of Sisyphus

  1. 1. T H OFMYTH ESISYPHUSA R O A D M A PFOR FIXING OURBUILDINGS
  2. 2. E R I C C O R E Y F R E E DPrincipal, organicarchitect Architect LEED Accredited Professional
  3. 3. THE MYTH OFSISYPHUS “does the realization of the futilityrequirelife of suicide? No. It requires REVOLT.” -Albert Camus The Myth of Sisyphus
  4. 4. T I M E T OREVOLT
  5. 5. THIS PAST YEAR...
  6. 6. IT’S HARD TO BE AN ENVIRONMENTALIST 5 the elisabethkublerross.com stages of grief
  7. 7. 1FIVE STAGES OF (ENVIRONMENTAL) GRIEF Denial. “This cant be happening...”
  8. 8. 2FIVE STAGES OF (ENVIRONMENTAL) GRIEF Anger. “It’s not fair!”
  9. 9. 3FIVE STAGES OF (ENVIRONMENTAL) GRIEF Bargaining. “Can’t this wait a little more?”
  10. 10. 4FIVE STAGES OF (ENVIRONMENTAL) GRIEF Depression. “What’s the point?!”
  11. 11. 5FIVE STAGES OF (ENVIRONMENTAL) GRIEF Acceptance. “Everything will be OK!”
  12. 12. greenwashnoundisinformation disseminated by an organization so as topresent an environmentally responsible public image.“That oil company is, like, totally greenwashing.”
  13. 13. WHAT’S WRONG ?WITH BUILDINGS
  14. 14. 45% buildings30%cars 25% industry carbon emissions
  15. 15. 72%energy
  16. 16. 40%materials
  17. 17. leidorf.de
  18. 18. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS a plan for REVOLT
  19. 19. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANSWhat Is the Future of Suburbia? Can We Univent Suburbia? Stephen J. Dubner - August 12, 2008 Alex Williams - February 10, 2008 “...as we look to the future, “...in the old days it was a slum tenement, suburbia is evolving, resulting in worries [today we] talk about such things over the rise of suburban slums...” as the future of suburbia...” Stranded in Suburbia? Running on Empty Paul Krugman - May 13, 2008 Natalie Canavor - March 13, 2005 “Slums will migrate out and modern day “...see the American suburbs as burb ghost towns are a possibility.” the slums of the future...”
  20. 20. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  21. 21. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  22. 22. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 983 2,080 2,349 20041950 1,500 1990 1970
  23. 23. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  24. 24. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS Palmanova, Italy
  25. 25. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  26. 26. 26 MILLION ROADS benfry.com/allstreets/
  27. 27. 26 MILLION ROADS
  28. 28. $ per household $1100 131,700,000,000 annual cost of highwaysSOURCE: Federal Highway Administration
  29. 29. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  30. 30. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  31. 31. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  32. 32. 200 PEOPLE CAN COMMUTE IN... i-sustain.com
  33. 33. 177 CARS
  34. 34. 3 BUSES
  35. 35. 1 LIGHT RAIL TRAIN
  36. 36. THEIR BIKES
  37. 37. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 18,810 15,000 acres acres manhattan store coverage SOURCE: Good Magazine leidorf.de
  38. 38. 38SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS % street lights ALL LIGHTING
  39. 39. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS civiltwilightcollective.com
  40. 40. 4 SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS1 new homesin SOURCE: Housing Zone
  41. 41. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS50 cubic yards WASTE 85% recyclable
  42. 42. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 31,500,000 tons/yearwaste generated by builders amycaseypainting.com
  43. 43. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS WOOD SAVINGS 30-55 % $ 3,400 home each 12 in tons of carbon
  44. 44. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 2x4@ 16” o.c. SOURCE: Building Science Corporation 2x6@ 24” o.c. LESS WOOD MORE INSULATION
  45. 45. $1 a year $ $160 a year $34 a year VAMPIRE LOADS 3,000,000,000 a yearSOURCE: Dept. of Energy - Assumes $0.11 per kilowatt
  46. 46. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS terrapass.com
  47. 47. 1,200,000 cars off the roadSOURCE: US Department of Energy
  48. 48. 1% off ENERGY BILL1˚ lower THERMOSTAT SOURCE: Grist
  49. 49. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 30 % SOURCE: California Energy Commission A GE E AK T L D UC
  50. 50. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS sycamorefan.com
  51. 51. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS brondell.com
  52. 52. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS sinkpositive.com
  53. 53. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANSVICTORYGARDENS
  54. 54. communitygarden.org
  55. 55. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS Ban the lawn. No straight streets; Require porousPlant Victory Gardens. no road signs. paved lots. Over the counter Demand a Encourage local solar permitting. corner store. developers. Use eminent domain. to implement
  56. 56. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  57. 57. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 1973 Population 358,400
  58. 58. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 1991 Population 937,261
  59. 59. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 2000 Population 1,563,282
  60. 60. 12%PORTLAND CEMENT global warming
  61. 61. 71,000,000fly ash tons produced tons consumed 29,000,000
  62. 62. 35-50%SUBSTITUTE fly ash for cement
  63. 63. fly ash alr ea dy15% cut int oc em en t
  64. 64. 1 ton = 1 ton of Portland Cement of Carbon Dioxide
  65. 65. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS COOL ROOF SAVINGS 70˚ 40˙ C cooler
  66. 66. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS COOL ROOF SAVINGS4,000,000,000$ by 2015 $35M $40M $10M CHI LAX SOURCE: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory LAS NYC PHX $16M $37M DFW $20M $20M MIA
  67. 67. GREEN ROOF SAVINGS40%energy savings
  68. 68. $ 12-24 sq ft green roof 8 $ sq ft green grid hydrotechusa.com
  69. 69. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS HOT AIR HOT AIR HOT AIR A/C HOT WATER 40 % off HOT WATER BILL
  70. 70. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS19CARPET sq miles
  71. 71. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS 420,000 197,000 NEW ORLEANS homes slotsSOURCE: Avant Guide to Vegas; Dept. of Energy; Assumes 920 kWh per house
  72. 72. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS39 25 turn it off lamps december7000 watt 3 for a year homes
  73. 73. FINISHES locally Recycled, non-toxic, sourced, sustainable. TASKthe work areas Only light LIGHTS to save energy. KILL all electronics Turn off SWITCH when not in use. CABINETRY Use formaldehyde free cabinets & FSC or bamboo doors. MINI natural, healthy Organic, BAR foods. FLOORING trap Hard flooring doesn’t allergens. LINENS free & Organic, chemical non-synthetic. CLEANERS Non toxic cleaners.GREEN HOTEL ROOM
  74. 74. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 300 $ echoflexsolutions.com
  75. 75. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS SOURCE: Energy Star 130 $ per SIGN per year activesafety.com
  76. 76. SUBURBIA $ per LAS VEGAS 300 CAB per year NEW ORLEANSSOURCE: US Department of Energy
  77. 77. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 75 percent savings on ENERGY 4 each saving car emissions 6500 $ year
  78. 78. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS $ NEW ORLEANS 350 per yearSOURCE: US Department of Energy
  79. 79. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS fluxxlab.com
  80. 80. FALSE WATER ABUNDANCE 114 160 gallons per day gallons per day ARIZONA COLORADO
  81. 81. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS lake mead, nevadaSOURCE: Scripps Institute of Oceanography 2021 extinct
  82. 82. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS Create a national Allow hotels toAvoid concretein this hot climate. energy code share energy, heat similar to California. & hot water.Permit waterless Enforce true green Permit greywater fixtures. hotel standards. in toilets. to implement
  83. 83. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  84. 84. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 2005 New Orleans
  85. 85. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 1871 Chicago Fire
  86. 86. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 1906 San Francisco Quake
  87. 87. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 2005 New Orleans
  88. 88. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 28 August 2005
  89. 89. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 31 August 2005
  90. 90. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 28 August 2005
  91. 91. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 31 August 2005
  92. 92. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  93. 93. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  94. 94. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 50x acceptable level of F O R M A L D E H Y D ESOURCE: Newsweek; USA Today
  95. 95. REBUILDING IRAQ LOUISIANA SOURCES: US Army Corps of Engineers, US Dept. of State, FEMA, Bechtel, Time Magazine 1,239 SCHOOLS 85 136 HOSPITALS 11 342 POLICE/FIRE 6$120B COST $85B (40% more)
  96. 96. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  97. 97. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS schools spend more on trash disposal than new textbooks
  98. 98. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS globalgreen.org/neworleans
  99. 99. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS esynola.org
  100. 100. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  101. 101. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS chrisjordan.com
  102. 102. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS SOURCE: Pugh & Scarpa Architects makeitrightnola.org
  103. 103. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS $ $ increase per square foot 4 savings 67 NEW ORLEANSSOURCE: Capital E; US Green Building Council
  104. 104. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS firemansfund.com
  105. 105. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS ® solarcity.com sungevity.com citizenre.com
  106. 106. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS Form a Establish best Create a Sustainable NoLa practices for green Sustainable NoLa Task Force. homes. Enterprise Zone. Prevent big box Join together.Priority permitting and opportunistic There’s power in for LEED bldgs. development. numbers. to implement
  107. 107. 2,000$ each TAX REFUND
  108. 108. extinction
  109. 109. incandescent bulbs 2010 extinct
  110. 110. ashtrays 2015 extinct
  111. 111. phonebooks 2020 extinct
  112. 112. size zero clothes 2025 extinct
  113. 113. petroleum & oil 2035 extinct
  114. 114. printed newspapers 2050 extinct
  115. 115. unintended consequences
  116. 116. glaciers 2020 extinct
  117. 117. polar bears 2030 extinct
  118. 118. wood 2030 extinct
  119. 119. water 2035 extinct
  120. 120. clean air 2040 extinct
  121. 121. 2020 extinct
  122. 122. 1972
  123. 123. 1989 extinct
  124. 124. $ in claims 200,000,000,000SOURCE: Resolution Management Corporation
  125. 125. Deaths AsbestosisSOURCE: National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health
  126. 126. lead paint 310,000 children affected annually SOURCE: USA Today, 10/29/07 1978 extinct
  127. 127. LEVEL PLA YING FIELD
  128. 128. plastic bags in San Francisco 750,000 $ saved annually 2008 extinct
  129. 129. 200? extinct
  130. 130. FORMALDEHYDE 10x more allowed1 SOURCE: California Air Resources Board (CARB)10,000in Californians CANCER FROM F O R M A L D E H Y D E
  131. 131. vinyl products this is VINYL 200? extinct
  132. 132. voc’s in paints ganic ile or nds volat pou com 200? extinct
  133. 133. our oil addiction 200? extinct
  134. 134. carbon emissions 2030 extinct
  135. 135. “I’d put my money onsolar energy.I hope we don’t have to wait til oil we coal run out before & TACKLE THAT.” -Thomas Edison in 1931
  136. 136. earthpolicy.org
  137. 137. SOURCE: Fox News, MSNBC per minute 85,997 $45,200,000,000$ profit in 2008
  138. 138. fine for Valdez disaster in 1989: 125,000,000 $ 24 hours of profit to dispel climate change in 2007: 15,800,000 $ 3 hours of profit24 March 1989 being the most evil corporation: priceless
  139. 139. Government 2007 Subsidies $ Oil 78,000,000,000 SOURCE: US Department of Energy Coal 3,302,000,000 Natural Gas 2,149,000,000 Nuclear 1,267,000,000 Wind 724,000,000 Solar 14,000,000
  140. 140. “Drill, baby, drill!”“Invent, baby, invent!”
  141. 141. 1. Seek energy independence.2. Generate 20% of our electricity from wind in 10 years.3. Use natural gas as a bridge to renewable domestic energy technologies. pickensplan.com
  142. 142. 10,000,000,000$ invested 35x
  143. 143. 3 rd provider of solar largest emitter of carbonSOURCE: New York Times Magazine, June 22, 2008
  144. 144. $800installed
  145. 145. SOURCE: The Economist
  146. 146. CA LI FO R NI A (Lake Mead)SOURCE: US Department of Energy
  147. 147. ALL U.S. ELECTRICITY 674,000,000,000$ solar on every household once 700,000,000,000$ annual cost of foreign oil per year threeMANHA -four ths o f SOURCE: US Department of Energy TTAN
  148. 148. 5 ¢people per square mile KILOWATT
  149. 149. “you must be theCHANGEyou wish to see in the WORLD...” -Mahatma Gandhi
  150. 150. ORGANIZATIONSV I T A L
  151. 151. urbanrevision.com
  152. 152. architectureforhumanity.org
  153. 153. aplusd.org
  154. 154. greenforall.org
  155. 155. greenlaces.org
  156. 156. naturalhomemagazine.com
  157. 157. lazyenvironmentalist.com
  158. 158. solardecathlon.org
  159. 159. greenhomeguide.com
  160. 160. greenerbuildings.com
  161. 161. September 2009 • Silicon Valley westcoastgreen.com
  162. 162. greenbuildingfordummies.com
  163. 163. YOUR HOMEWORK 5 what’s next: action steps
  164. 164. 1YOUR HOMEWORK take action. do something. think big.
  165. 165. 2YOUR HOMEWORK tell others. share your enthusiasm.
  166. 166. 3YOUR HOMEWORK fill the materials library with green materials.
  167. 167. 4YOUR HOMEWORK make a list of things you will not compromise.
  168. 168. 5YOUR HOMEWORK become champion of one issue. innovate.
  169. 169. MATERIALSN E W
  170. 170. ciralight.com
  171. 171. agilewaves.com
  172. 172. cbf11.com
  173. 173. orangepiel.com
  174. 174. plyboo.com
  175. 175. stonefruitfloors.com
  176. 176. eyeleds.com
  177. 177. yiahn.com
  178. 178. branchhome.com
  179. 179. loomstudio.com/12blocks
  180. 180. lulan.com
  181. 181. oxygena.it
  182. 182. stocorp.com
  183. 183. malcolmwells.com
  184. 184. rogerdean.com
  185. 185. organicarchitect.com
  186. 186. DOWNLOAD THIS PRESENTATION:organicarchitect.com/downloads/revolt.pdf ? QUESTIONS organicarchitect

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