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Global Resources and the Built Environment

Global Resources and the Built Environment

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Technology Day 2007. With staggering statistics, John Fernandez persuades his audience that rapidly expanding urban centers are consuming too much of the world's resources, setting the stage for global crisis. Yet Fernandez counters his own bleak picture with some bright examples of design that could help humans live within their environmental means. Fernandez talks of the buildings we use for shelter at home and work, and the infrastructure that connects these. Energy is consumed to construct (and demolish) these places, to move materials, and sustain people when inside, with light, heat and ventilation. A typical U.S. citizen today will consume the equivalent of 3.6 million pounds of minerals and fuels in one lifetime. The U.S. has 130 million... Show More
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