Friday, 15 January 2021

The Future of Buildings, Transportation, and Power by Roger Duncan and Michael E. Webber + #Giveaway


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Book Details:

Book Title:  The Future of Buildings, Transportation, and Power by Roger Duncan and Michael E. Webber
CategoryAdult Non-Fiction (18+),  290 pages
GenreNon-fiction Futurism
PublisherDW Books
Release date:   July 2020
Content Rating:  G. No erotic or bad language

Book Description:

The evolution of buildings, transportation and power will determine how our future looks and feels, and in the book Roger Duncan and Michael E. Webber argue the Energy Efficiency Megatrend will shape our future technology. Buildings and vehicles will evolve into sentient-appearing machines such that we will be living, working and moving about inside robots. Buildings may develop personalities and the transportation system will have any manner of vehicle available at a moment's notice. This complex, interconnected system will be powered by the clean and efficient conversion of fuels and energy flows that surround us.

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The Future of Buildings, Transportation, and Power by Roger Duncan and Michael E. Webber was a good book for me to read in conjunction with Jonathan Porritt's Hope In Hell and Manifesto by Dale Vince as there is a significant subject overlap, but with each book giving its own distinct perspective on the subject of our future energy needs and the best way to meet them. I liked how Duncan and Webber emphasised the ways in which individuals can take steps to determine their own best building, transportation and power needs and solutions. This is particularly important to me and I particularly appreciated their common-sense assertions that we need to establish an array of site-specific solutions.

There are a lot of facts and figures in this book so it did feel a little dry at times, but I liked the clarity of the information presented to me. As a layperson, I was learning basic technical terms and concepts throughout the chapters, but never felt as though the writing went over my head. I enjoyed seeing how people in the past and across the globe today are working to address similar questions, and the progression of our building, transportation and energy needs. The authors quote thinkers such as Vaclav Smil, while also giving their own ideas and impressions. I have hope that forward-looking private enterprises might just solve the climate crisis before we wipe ourselves out, and I love that returning to traditional wind and water power is a large part of our clean-energy future. Whether we will all be able the future incarnations of this technology is, ower, a completely different question!

I was impressed with the depth of consideration that Duncan and Webber have given to their subjects. For such a wide-ranging survey, this is a nicely readable book. The short evolving flash fiction pages give a good illustration of the progressions discussed in the main text and I liked the gentle humour throughout the work too.

Meet the Authors:

Roger Duncan is a former Austin, Texas City Council member and the former General Manager of Austin Energy, the municipal electric utility. He is also a former Research Fellow at the Energy Institute at the University of Texas.

Michael E. Webber is the Josey Centennial Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas, and Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, a multi-national energy services and ingrastructure company.

connect with the authors: website

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the excellent review. Glad you enjoyed the book.