Stains and pokemarks of older apartments and housing units under the jurisdiction of the New York City Housing Authority do not immediately communicate the idea of innovation. With the city’s largest landlord, about 1 in 16 New Yorkers, NYCHA has seen its buildings literally crumbling after decades of delayed maintenance and weak stewardship. All in all, this abandoned subsidized housing has been dubbed “demolition by neglect” by local organizers. An estimated $ 40 billion or more, at least $ 180,000 per unit, would be needed to get the buildings back in good repair condition.
Years ago, the kitchen had evidence of innovation hidden inside these units. By the late 90s, NYCHA realized that existing refrigerators in many units were extremely inefficient, aging, and expensive for the agency. He organized a successful competition for appliance manufacturers, asking them to build smaller, more efficient apartment-sized units. The winner, Myteg, was admitted to NYCHA and other housing authorities and sold 150,000 units of its novel Magic Chef model between 1995 and 2003.
Now NYCHA wants to do the same with heating and cooling. Clean Heat for All Challenge is asking manufacturers to develop low-cost, easily-installed heat-pump technologies to make retrofits. The stakes for agency, winning company and society can be huge – and good for the planet.
After all, it is more sustainable to restore existing buildings than to demolish them and build new ones. Read the full story.
– Patrick Season
I have used the internet to find today’s most fun / important / scary / pictorial stories about technology.
1 Amazon wants Alexa to mimic the voices of your dead loved ones
Yes, it looks like a leaked black mirror script. (CNBC)
, Your life data means your version can live forever(MIT Technology Review)
2 Finland is sealing its spent nuclear fuel underground
It is the first country to have a complete Deep Geological Storage Facility. (Economist)
, Zap Energy, a fusion startup, claims to inject plasma into the reactor core. (NYT)
, Can the US solar panel industry bounce back? (Slate $)
3 recession? What is recession?
The economy is slowing down, but if we move toward recession, it will not be as bruised as previously thought. (New Yorker 2)
, Defining a recession is not straightforward already, but we will know when it comes here. (Bloomberg 2)
4 cash is dying
But while few people use it, it is still a lifeline for vulnerable people. (NY Mag)
, Eligibility for cash: technology that we can never change(MIT Technology Review)
, In praise of the dollar bill(MIT Technology Review)
How a group dedicated to canceling 5 missionaries was canceled
No White Saviors have been charged with similar misconduct for their targeted support staff. (Input)
, How the AI Industry Profits from Disaster(MIT Technology Review)
6 Mark Zuckerberg should not be allowed to rule over Metawors
And its current monopoly should be read as a warning sign. (Time 3)
, Meta no longer sponsors U.S. anniversary celebrations. (WSJ)
, Facebook’s oversight board is pushing for more transparency. (WP)
7 Alibaba has set its sights on South Asia
After conquering China, it wants to expand into new pastures. (FT)
8 How Bored Apes took its crypto origins
And in the process became a cultural movement. (The Block)
, Crypto game XC Infinity can benefit from good luck with apps(Rest of the world)
, At least GPU prices are falling, in the end. (Motherboard)
9 These small, robotic fish remove microplastics from the ocean
But we will need a lot of them to make a difference. (The Guardian)
10 Dissociation music reflects the vague state of our world right now
Fans are enjoying separating themselves from reality. (Pitchfork)