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Meg Studer

landscape & digital designer in Pittsburgh

The Precipitron; Industrial Vernaculars & Environmental Instruments

PRESENTED ON OCT 06, 2016
IN PITTSBURGH, PA @ VOL 25

A quick glimpse into climate control history, in the vein of Banham's Well-Tempered Environment: The imagery/narrative starts from my parent's air-cleaning Precipitron installation (WWII-era Pittsburgh) and uses it as an armature for sketching the socio-technical construction of atmosphere, enclosure, and air-pollution regulation . First, it situates ‘electrostatic precipitator’ technology and development within the much longer battles over coal smoke control and nuisance abatement, from progressive politics back to rants about London's acidic coal-smog, in Evelyn’s Fumifugium (1661). Second, it will looks at the mid-century commercial and domestic markets for Westinghouse's Precipitrons, examining the liberal, gendered approaches to pollution (and consumption) in the American context. It will conclude by reviewing today’s electrostatic environment, extrapolating and visualizing the current links between our everyday power use and Precipitron installations, estimating annual particulate capture under the EPA's Clean Power Legislation.

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Casa UNAM

BY SANTIAGO MOTA
@ VOL 37 ON SEP 25, 2014

Santiago Mota is founder and leader of Casa UNAM, an awarded project in Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, the world´s most important sustainable design and construction competition. Twenty teams from students all over the world gather to research, design, manufacture, build, manage and exhibit a dwelling prototype fueled 100% by solar energy, evaluating its environmental, social and economical impact as well as its waste production through its life cycle.

 

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Clean Stoves for Africa

BY EMMANUEL BALELE
@ VOL 25 ON JAN 16, 2015

Yosief Iyassu (Eritrea), Emmanuel Balele (Tanzania) and James Bamwete (Uganda) describe the deplorable health and environment effects caused by the use of inefficient traditional charcoal cooking stoves in Africa and show how the situation could considerably improve by replacing them with energy saving clay-based cooking stoves.

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Energy Saving Projects

BY ANDREAS DIERKING
IN FRANKFURT

Andreas Dierking talks about the multiple project he has worked on to improve the environment. He mainly works energy-efficient houses and buildings.

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Racial Justice and the Climate Crisis

BY BILL GALLEGOS
@ VOL 13 ON APR 30, 2015

With over three decades of organizing experience with unions, students, and grassroots organizations, activist-in-residence at Havens Center for Social Justice, Bill Gallegos discusses the complexities of climate change's affect on racial justice. He shares his some of his experiences in achieving environmental programs that ensure low-income communities and communities of color receive the health, environmental, and economic benefits of sound environmental policy.

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A Resilient City Through Environmental Sustainability

BY DOUGLAS MELNICK
@ VOL 20 ON DEC 01, 2015

Douglas Melnick is passionate about environmental sustainability. And for good reason, because San Antonio is getting hotter. Temperatures here have risen 2.5 degree Celsius since 1960, and these kinds of drastic changes have real implications for our city today and tomorrow. For example, our infrastructure was not designed for the inundation of flood waters and other
extreme weather conditions that are becoming more frequent. But we can build resilience into our communities with incremental steps like composting, which leads to less methane in the atmosphere, or riding a bike to work, which decreases carbon emissions. And he reminds us if we don’t have the public transportation or other sustainability programs we want to see, it’s up to us to advocate for them.
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How One Man on a 75-Pound Bicycle Took a City's Temperature

BY NICHOLAS RAJKOVICH
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"How do we start thinking about heat waves and why are heat waves so important?"

In How One Man on a 75-Pound Bicycle Took a City's Temperature from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, architect and University at Buffalo Professor, Nicholas B. Rajkovich describes the design of a bicycle-based weather station used to find the “hot spots” of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Every year in the United States, more people die from heat waves than any other type of natural disaster. Extreme heat events are expected to increase in the future due to climate change. Collecting a fine scale of microclimatic data can help to determine how physical characteristics contribute to human exposure to ground and air temperatures. These data also suggest how urban design strategies can reduce the impacts of the urban heat island effect. However, microclimate measurement poses substantial challenges. Rajkovich’s work investigates the intersection of energy efficient buildings, renewable energy, and climate change resilience.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016. 

 

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Industrial Sculpture

BY JOE HENSEL
IN PITTSBURGH, PA

Joe Hensel, horder of industrial artifacts, talks about his recent projects and industrial sculpture. 

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Nuclear Power: The Tihange Debate

BY GISELA GARRIDO
@ VOL 33 ON JUN 24, 2014

People in Maastricht have observed the increase of “Stop Tihange and Doel” yellow posters in the city, but what do we really know about nuclear power? In this presentation, Gisela Garrido discusses the reality of risks, consequences and political factors associated with the Tihange Nuclear Power Plant located in Liege, just across the Belgian border.

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Climate Change Aberdeen

BY ALISON STUART
@ VOL 21 ON MAR 13, 2018

Alison Stuart presented her project on Climate Change Awareness North East Scotland.