City of Detroit to partner with Google to create a portal specifically for affordable housing in Detroit to make it easier for Detroiters to find and apply for affordable housing
13 employees of the Housing and Revitalization Department(HRD) will be working with Google.org to create and maintain the site. Timeline for completion of the site is end of 2021 and citizens will be able to filter and search for different housing options and this will enable citizens to rent and stay in the City.
The City is also ramping up their affordable housing portfolio and their goal is to create equal opportunity for everyone.
City of Detroit
Office of the Mayor
Department of Housing and Revitalization
Citizens of Detroit
Hiring skillful individuals to work on developing the portal
Identifying the available affordable housing portfolio
Broadcast and promote the website. advertise on buses and billboards throughout underserved communities
Sustainability Problem: Urban sprawling is not uncommon. The rates have grown along with population growth, both outpacing infrastructure and economic development. As in Indonesia’s case, illegal housing has become a recurring problem, migrants creating slums near river banks as they find it hard to obtain a secure job in the city. A group of Indonesian students saw the need for a breakthrough as they envisioned an infrastructure design to provide urban farming work for jobless migrant workers in Bandung, capital city of West Java, Indonesia.
The ViFA is a design that supports the government’s revitalization efforts by providing resilient needs such as farming, sustainable energy, economy and urban development.
Water management system – the upper part of the building is a greenhouse equipped with a roof that harvests rain. The building also provides a water treatment system to recharge ground water and supply drinkable water to the community.
Carbon footprint reduction – Sustainably-sourced materials will be used in the construction of the building and a recycling and reusing atmosphere will be adopted in the building space.
Social interaction – The building is also equipped with a social space including green space with a micro market, and a mini library to educate people about farming practices and the hydroponic system.
A Vertical Farm Made From Recycled Materials For Indonesia’s Migrant Farmers | Agritecture
“A very exciting idea to reach the untouched parts of the world and assist with disaster relief efforts! This might seem like a stupid question however, what would happen in places with strong headwinds? How sturdy is the balloon’s material and is the stability reliable?”
Optical devices that allow natural daylight to reach and illuminate any indoor environment. Can include deep plan building spaces or underground spaces that other conventional day lighting systems can deliver.
These devices capture and transport maximum sunlight from a heliostat with a parabolic dish concentrator to a luminaire via a series of special optical relay lenses with minimal effect on the cost of heating or air conditioning.
These devices track the sun throughout the sky at all times and optimize the amount of sunlight that can be captured and used.
In the Lowline Lab project, once sunlight is captured it is distributed through a series of tubes down to the warehouse where it is spread to the plants and life underground. This technology will help support the underground park.
The organizational stakeholders that would need to use this technology are: the community, vendors, and the government when it comes to regulating the park.
The first step in deploying this technology for an underground park would be choosing the best day lighting system for the specific project, as SUNPORTAL has different methods of delivering light into spaces. The next step would be collecting the funding to support the project. The following step is the testing of the technology in the space because plant life will depend on the reliability of these devices.
Technology created by SkyTruth, Oceana, and Google to show global fishing activities by using Automatic Identification System to track movement of vessels. Boats are automatically classified as fishing or non-fishing
Information available to the public in real time such as type of boat, length of time engaged in fishing, nationality of the boats, and their locations
Empower people to learn about where their seafood comes from
Great tool to use monitor and regulate fishing policies such as marine protected areas to keep fisheries accountable. Can also be used for fisherman to prove that they obeyed regulations
Google, Skytruth, Oceana to create and support the technology
Government agencies and politicians who create and enforce fishing policies such as Department of Commerce, Department of Transportation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, etc.
Seafood retail stores, restaurants can use this tool for supply chain management
Use current prototype to engage fishery community leaders, government and environmental non-profits to show them how to use the technology
Ensure fisheries have AIS on their vessels. Improve AIS technology to prevent false data
Soofa is a solar -powered bench charging and sensing hub that was unveiled at the White House Maker Faire. It can collect data like air quality and traffic patterns. Locations are chosen in high foot traffic areas. They are installed in Boston, Los Angeles, Miami and Austin will also be early adopter locations. A byproduct of the bench is that it creates a dialog around solar in addition to meeting the needs of a city to become more accessible and green.
Stakeholders to engage are Sustainability planners, Community development. potentially private businesses and the Mayor’s office.
In order to deploy you contact the SOOFA team they have an early adopter program, obtain funding, determine best locations and promote the installation. Can have an immediate impact.