The Exciting Days Are Coming

Welcome Back!
     Team Windsor revivers here with more good news this week! At the beginning of this week we had the pleasure of welcoming in a new team member to our group. His name is Aftad Ahmed, a 4th year student in Liberal Arts. We are happy to include him and are excited about what he has to offer in support to our project.

     This week has been rather productive for us! We have recently ordered the silicon wristbands we were contemplating last week, as well as submitted our survey for review and approval. The bracelets will be available for distribution by next week. These wristbands will be given as gifts as a thank you to the public who participate in our surveys and on spot interviews. Our group members have been working on making the contacts we will need for larger advertisements. As well, we have finalized some of our smaller campaign ideas that will begin making their appearance next week. We now have a QR code available for our Facebook page and will be making posters that will feature this. The QR code makes access to our Facebook page available on smart phones with a click of a button!

     Our main source for feedback, so far, is our Facebook page. At the time of writing this, we have 62 likes and counting.
We were very pleased to see a steady climb in the people reached all week. We began this week at 25 likes so we are gaining more and more support as we go. There have been many comments on the pictures we have and we have been working tirelessly to keep improving the page. The amount of feedback so far has been enough to start the comparative analysis as planned.
Salman will be gaining the assistance of Aftad in this regard and they will be working on it Saturday this week. Mandy and Khaldoun will be responsible for a big portion of the advertising campaign by finding and inviting key and influential people in the community to our Facebook page over the weekend. This is an intrigal part of our project in an attempt to further our audience and gain support for our cause. Simon has been working individually on his city research portion. So far he is comparing other successful cities with Windsor in order to bring new ideas to the table and lend either support to or debunk possibilities for implementation. Things are running smoothly and our members are working together at every step to insure that all aspects of this project are being maintained.

Click Here for our Facebook page → https://www.facebook.com/WhatDoesWIndsorWant
OR
Scan the Qr code above.

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And The Next Step Is….

 

Khaldoun: “Look at this! All the way that way…”
Simon: “AND all the way this way…”
Both: “there is nothing! it’s empty!”
*shaking their heads*
(Picture taken: Pelissier Ave, Windsor, Ontario.)

 

Hey there!

   Thanks for coming back to check our progress! Windsor Revivers here with some very exciting news to share!!! As you may know from our last post we had some narrowing down to do, and we have been working quite tirelessly to present to you, in this week’s blog, what we have decided so far. Our group has met several times this week in order to come up with a more precise picture of  what we wish to achieve. We have scratched out some ideas to make room for new ones as well as “almost” decided which particular street we want to place focus on. But this of course, depends mainly on you. That’s right you… your opinion anyways.

   What we mean by that is our group has decided to take a more proactive approach to find out what appeals to this great city. We decided that this group’s project is going to be all about the public opinion. We removed the idea of bike safety from our agenda because if Windsor wants bike safety they will tell us they do. We want you to know that we plan on making a big deal about this in order to gain as much public input as possible. So keep an eye out for the following ways to contact us with your opinion:

  1. Take a look at our Facebook page that will be up and running in its early stage by Sunday September 30th, 2012.
  2. We will be finished a rough draft of our survey by next week
  3. Look for us the next time you are downtown… we might just be those people who stop you for a chat!

Ok, well that’s it for now here is our link for the Facebook page, check it out:

https://www.facebook.com/WhatDoesWIndsorWant?fref=ts

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Collaboration and Construction!

Today the group started off by meeting with Rod Strickland to gain some more insight into the simple methods by which Earthships function. He discussed thermal mass and geothermal heating and ventilation. This was incredibly helpful to understanding the natural technology behind how Earthships work and therefore making it easier for the group to affirm our design strategies and material needs.

Our group managed to pool together a substantial amount of materials to begin the experimental build: tires, shovels, recycled bottles, cans and a whole lot of dirt.

We had another visitor from the architecture department, Thom Provost, to help the group finalize the ideal and practical design for our prototype. Today’s collaborations will benefit the group considerably, we thank all of our visitors!

Our team and a volunteer from another team unloading some of the earth we'll be using in our prototype.

Our architect Jon and visiting architect Thom going over design ideas.

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The Earthship Launch!

Our project aims to lay the ground work for the construction of an EarthShip. An Earthship, as described on Earthship.com, is the most versatile and economical building design in the world. Earthships can be built in any part of the world, in any climate and still provide the conditions needed to sustain life. The building method is called Biotecture. There is possibility of a greenhouse as a static structure becoming a living structure; a conceptually reciprocal relationship between structure and occupant. We have an eclectic mix of skills pertaining to group objectives; knowledge of: architecture, environmental studies, computer sciences, community activists, art and communications studies. We’ve consulted the previous team’s legacy report and drew up a list of contacts of local greenhouses and suppliers pertaining to our project; our members are working on contacting these for Thursday. Each member of our group has elected to sketch design concepts for the structure we are proposing. One of our group members has volunteered to speak with the head of the architecture department and get a head start on the site analysis.

Earthship YouTube Channel

The Earthship architecture group has a brainstorming session!

The Earthship group discusses design concepts for legacy project!

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Constructive Contributions!

The Tug Collective’s work is never done, but we’re certainly much closer to being done with the help of PCR Contractors, the company contracted to build the new Centre for Engineering Innovation on campus.

It turns out the build site was rich with things like clay, dirt, rubble, and even a bale of straw! A phone call to Darryl Rocheleau, a representitive of PCR, in response to a kijiji ad led us to a visit to the job site, which got us everything we needed to create the daub that formed the bulk of our sound wall experimentation process.

The CEI is, in its own right, an interesting green initiative. It represents the largest Gold LEED building in the region, and utilizes many green building techniques–such as a green roof, low-energy heating, and water recycling to name a few. Designed by B+H Architects, the CEI represents a commitment to excellence in environmental engineering by the University.

http://www.uwindsor.ca/cei/sites/www.uwindsor.ca.cei/files/aerial_mainpage.jpg

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Mounting of Wind Turbine and company contacts

We asked Mr. Matthew St. Louis for his input on what way we should go in building the stand for the turbine. He is an engineer here at the University of Windsor and has seen the turbine so we thought he would be of some help in this or would know someone who could help us. He suggested to us the best design we should go with in our situation and also the materials we should look for. He met with us at the site which we plan to mount the turbine and agreed that it is a good location but may need fencing to go around it as a safety precaution. He referred us to Al, an engineer that works for a company here in Windsor. We contacted him and he said that he would be able to build the stand for us, but the problem was that he required payment for this which we do not have. Finally we spoke with a peer of ours in this class, who is in the engineering program. He volunteered to draw up the design for the stand of the turbine. As soon as we have the design we will know what materials we will need and meet with local companies and convince them to supply the materials for free. With help from engineering students in the class we will use the materials obtained and have the turbine mounted in no time.
Also, our task for March 1 is to attend two conference calls – one with CleanField, and another with Lorenzen Engineering.

Graphic Model of Wind turbine (Click here)

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On Track

We, the E-Motorcycle team, are taking the next steps required to have an operating machine by the end of the semester. We are currently heavily involved in the procurement phase. We have been in contact with Windsor Starter’s Powerhouse in regards to possible solutions to get electric power to the ground. We visited the location on Thursday and received valuable information about all the electrical components of the system. Currently, team member Albion, shown below, is creating the Catia drawing of the motorcycle. This model will be a useful tool to virtually position the batteries and electric motor and other components inside the chassis. This will also help to design for an even weight distribution for the bike. The rest of the team is costing out required parts for all possible solutions. We are definitely on track for success.

Albion drawing the motorcycle chassis with Catia

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Rolling Along

We, the E-Motorcycle team, are continuing to make progress in the construction of an electric motorcycle. With the old gas engine out of the chassis, we are moving forward towards the procurement of an electric motor, batteries and voltage controller. Simultaneously, we are drafting a rough drawing of the final product using Catia. A CAD model should be out in the coming weeks. Calculations have been performed to estimate horsepower required of the motor to achieve a given desired top speed. In the picture below we are weighing the rolling chassis of the bike in order to better estimate the final weight and the voltage characteristics required for a comfortable ride. Our team is definitely rolling along nicely!

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WIND TURBINES: A solution to a greener environment!

Green Corridor is an innovative idea for a greener Windsor and thus a greener environment. It is a unique project of its own kind, introduced by a group of artists in the University of Windsor in collaboration with its students. It is an environmental friendly idea from the founders of green corridor, to help remind people and businesses that have forgotten their social responsibility towards the environment.

The winter 2010 green corridor class has brought back the wind turbine project which has been halted for various reasons. As a group we are planning to discover and solve those reasons. Our main goal is to carry on and contribute to the legacy of the wind turbine project. The team is planning to professionally approach different local manufacturers and other officials in order to help us achieve our project goals through funding and sponsorships.

Our group members consist of five members from different educational backgrounds, namely Belal Akkawi(Accounting),Faheem Muhammad(Finance), Ibrahim Khalifa(General Science), Junaid Iftikhar(Economics) & Sachin Malhotra(Accounting).

“Dream it, plan it, do it…”

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A Composter For Your Scraps?

Over the past week, we were able to determine three locations we plan to place the composter. One of these locations can be seen in our display picture. We designed concept of the future location of the composter. With this concept we are able to visualize where we would place it and also be able to describe to other groups involved what we plan to do.

We have researched several styles of composting and have narrowed them down to three main styles conventional urban compost bin, horizontal compost tumbler, and compost tumbler. At this point our preference in terms of which composting style is the Horizontal composter. With this style we are able to produce compost in a shorter amount of time compared to the conventional style, also the horizontal style requires less manual labour.

We are currently in contact with organizations that could potential be able to donate skids to the project as well we are currently in talks with University of Windsor Food services and the Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority.

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