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21 August 2014 @ 12:31 am

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André ♕ .
30 April 2014 @ 09:17 am
Me dieron una beca de $1500 dólares para el viaje que haré en un par de semanas. Tuve que escribir un essay y me dieron la cantidad mayor tumblr_m6ma90hz9N1r6qdwl. Estoy que me muero de felicidad. Aquí les dejo esto, es un ensayo sobre lo que está haciendo la ciudad de Vienna para reinventarse.


SmartVienna
Study Abroad 2014 Essay Application
Andrea Flores-Velasco
University of Texas Pan-American


Guerra Honors Program
Dr. Keller, Dr. Buckman
January 31, 2014


        Today, the gradual rise of globalization has redesigned the world—some individuals consider it an evolutionary phenomenon, merely an expansion of global trade or capital flow. However, the most intricate minds would argue it represents much more; an imminent flow of human ideas, interactions, and cultures also take place during this process. In order to sustain this development, cities' infrastructures must adapt to sudden changes. Developed metropolitan cities have realized the crux importance of providing public transportation, allowing access to employment, medical care, community assistance, and recreational opportunities. Vienna has not only reacted to the rising globalization by submitting more than a hundred proposals for green projects, but also implemented changes to its infrastructure. As a result, in January 13, 2014, the city of Vienna ranked 3rd in the “smart cities” index (Stadt Wien, 2014).

        In the words of Enrique Penalosa, former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, “A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transport” (City Atlas, 2014). Hence, the more urban a region is, the less car traffic. One of the most significant implementations of Vienna is a meticulously planned gradual shift from traffic to sustainable modes. In 2012, 28% of the Viennese population was pedestrians, 6% used bikes, 27% owned a private vehicle, and 39% used public transportation. Angelika Winkler, Vienna City Administration’s Urban Development and Planning head, declared the desired objectives for the year 2020. Winkler intends to implement an urban platform initiative to encourage people to use more bikes, predicting the figure will go up from 6% to 8% in the next seven years. Winkler hopes to increase public transportation by 1% and decrease the use of private vehicles by 2% (Winkler, 2013).

        According to Sustainable Business News, “Siemens and partners are creating a "smart" city in Vienna, Austria - a living lab that tests designs and systems for intelligent cities of the future” (2013). Siemens, a German multinational engineering and electronics conglomerate, has taken a special interest on the inherent potential of Vienna as one of the leading cities of today and the future. Some of the new implementations include, but are not limited to, intelligent traffic solutions, water management, and green buildings. In essence, they will prioritize urban renewal over urban expansion (Homeier, 2013).

        Vienna wants to position itself as a city of competence; it desires to become the mecca of research and technology in Europe. According to Siemens, the Smart City will be located in Aspern, a district in northern Vienna, and will have an initial research budget of $51 million. It is currently one of the largest urban development projects in Europe. The district covers 595 acres, half of that area will be reserved for public, recreation areas such as parks or plazas; it will also have apartments and offices, and a business, science, research, and training center. The area will be densely walkable and will have easy access to public transportation. Beyond doubt, one of the most important aspects of this project is the decentralized source of energy that will feed this smart city’s electrical needs. “IT solutions will detect faults in the system, recognize inefficient consumption patterns, and identify potential opportunities for savings” (Sustainable Business News, 2013).

        In conclusion, Vienna is a conscious country that is aware of the climate change repercussions that are imminent but can be delayed. “If we don't change direction soon, we will end up where we are heading” (World Energy Outlook, 2011). By 2050, Vienna has a vision of success; their action plan will be executed in 2015 and a roadmap in 2020 (Homeier, 2013). Smart cities require a holistic approach and with the implementation of the initiatives to encourage public transportation and the project Aspern, Vienna indeed will be one of the leaders – if not the leading, sustainable energy cities in Europe and the world.


References

City Atlas. (2014). Where the rich use public transport…. Retrieved from http://newyork.thecityatlas.org/lifestyle/developed-area-rich-public-transport-ways-city/

Homeier, I. (2013, May). Smart city Wien Initiative. Retrieved from http://www.impacts.org/euroconference/vienna2013/presentations/Vienna impacts smart city.pdf

Stadt Wien. (2014, January 14). Vienna moved up to rank 3 in the Smart Cities Index. Retrieved from http://www.wien.gv.at/english/politics/international/competition/smart-city.html

Sustainable Business News. (2013, July 16). Siemens launches Smart City in Vienna. Retrieved from http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/25053

Winkler, A. (2013, May 16). Strategic planning for urban places and pedestrian mobility. Retrieved from http://www.impacts.org/euroconference/vienna2013/presentations/Vienna oerm_4_engl.pdf

World Energy Outlook. (2011, November 14). Opinion leaders on WEO. Retrieved from http://www.iea.org/publications/worldenergyoutlook/aboutweo/opinionleadersonweo/
 
 
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André ♕ .
Aquí les dejo el research paper que escribí. Hablaré de Maria Theresa cuando vayamos al Schönbrunn en Austria. I'M EXCITED YEEEEEES.
No espero que nadie lo lea la verdad jajaja. Sólo lo dejo por aquí para mis récords y para aquellos que les interese la historia del siglo XVIII. ;-)

Que tengan lindo día.

Abstract
During the spring of 1717, a beautiful and fascinating woman was born in Vienna’s Hofburg Palace. Maria Theresa of Austria —born Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina— arrived to unexpectedly change the course of history altogether. Due to the obvious disappointment of her father in regard to her gender, she proved to be a flower that blooms in adversity. The first and only woman ever to rule her family’s land, she created a dynasty. Her fierce and determined character allowed her to earn the respect of the rulers and authorities all across Europe. Her adept exploit in diplomacy during the XVIII century was quite notable; and she is commonly regarded as one of the most important —if not the most— queens and rulers of world history.


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André ♕ .
30 March 2014 @ 11:48 pm

Aquí está mi historia. Me tomó un poco de valor decir esto pero aquí lo dejo.
Espero que les guste.
<3
 
 
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André ♕ .
19 March 2014 @ 12:50 am
Es casi la una de la mañana, quedan doce horas para mi midterm de la clase que tomo de honores y estoy que me muero del sueño y miedo. El profesor Dr. Grant es totalmente picky, y temo que no le vaya a gustar mi análisis de las preguntas que nos ha hecho...no creo dormir esta noche, pero aquí tengo la respuesta a la primera pregunta. No sé qué tan interesados estén en astrónomos del siglo XV-XVI pero pues aquí les traigo un trozo de lo que he explorado en clase...y mi respuesta a una de las essay-questions que nos hará mañana (lástima que no puedo llevar esto...tendré que recordarlo de memoria, o por ahí).

ESSAY QUESTION #1 GALILEO'S TRIAL

1.     Look at the fundamental nature of the change of the Scientific Revolution. Using the Trial of Galileo as the subject for this essay, explore the way in which the Scientific Revolution produced systemic change, meaning change all across the world. How does you essentially use the trial of Galileo to explain that. There are some questions that go along with that. 1) Did the church feared Galileo’s ideas or his methodologies? What did the Church hoped to gain by putting Galileo in trial? Are there areas of knowledge that we should not explore?

Essentially: Big picture “The Scientific Revolution”, use Galileo as a framing device for the answers.


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André ♕ .
07 March 2014 @ 11:03 am
¿No les ha sucedido que tanto pasa que no saben por donde empezar? Mi vida ha cambiado mucho, pero siento que ha cambiado para bien :) Pienso que el cambio no es algo a lo que se le deba de temer... me parece que el verdadero temor recae en no cambiar. He pasado por muchas dificultades, eso sí, pero gracias a Dios y a muchísimas personas que están a mi lado (y no físicamente a mi lado, pero en espíritu tumblr_m6ma90hz9N1r6qdwl). También me parece que he llegado a un punto de "o vivo, o escribo". Y he vivido mucho, muy intensamente. Y estoy agradecida por ello... voy a dejar unas actualizaciones por aquí.

¿Cómo han estado ustedes? trato de ponerme al corriente con sus journals pero no sé por donde empezar, ¿hay alguna entrada en especial que quisieran que leyese? de verdad las extraño con todo mi corazoncito tumblr_m6ma3mBu0e1r6qdwl. Si quieren déjenme el link y me paso de inmediato por allá tumblr_m6m9x8eDlw1r6qdwl.

+ 01. Me invitaron (aceptaron) para unirme a otra sociedad de honores, lo puse en la entrada anterior. Phi Kappa Phi. Estoy muuuuuuuy feliz, así como hshhgfdgddfsjdjaajajk. tumblr_m6maf1LCMo1r6qdwl
+ 02. Tengo que escribir un research paper sobre Maria Theresa de Austria, apenas estoy leyendo varios libros sobre ella... pero es de verdad muy interesante.
+ 03. IT'S SPRING BREAK YAAAAAY!
+ 04. Faltan dos meses para que me vaya a Vienna, Praga & Budapest tumblr_m6maa7LjJE1r6qdwl
+ 05. He empezado a hacer ejercicio TODOS los días. Pilates, cardio, algo de pesas. He bajado mucho en medidas, quiero prepararme y sentirme bien para cuando me vaya de study abroad.
+ 06. En un mes iré a un concurso nacional de Advertising en Austin, Texas. Los patrocinadores son las personas de Mary Kay Cosméticos.
+ 07. En un par de semanas los del grupo de honores nos iremos a San Antonio para ver la obra de The Swan Lake y también nos vamos a Six Flags.
+ 08. En un mes cumplo un año de novia con Luis, estoy empezando a ver qué prepararle :)
+ 09. Las medicinas para la depre y ansiedad me han hecho muy bien, siento que soy una persona nueva <3.

Tengo tantas cosas que hacer que no sé por donde empezar, pero espero que les esté yendo muy bien :-)
Les quiero mucho, que estén bien.

 
 
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André ♕ .
07 March 2014 @ 10:09 am
Congratulations! You have been elected to membership in the University of Texas-Pan American chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, most selective, and most prestigious all-discipline honor society. Standards for election to Phi Kappa Phi are extremely high. Membership is by invitation only to UTPA’s top 7.5 percent of second term juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students.
In joining, you become one of a distinguished group. Our members have served in the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court of the United States. They have won Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and numerous other national and international awards for service and achievement in their chosen fields. Phi Kappa Phi is proud to include among its membership thousands of men and women who, for more than a century, have sought to make a difference in the communities where they live and work.
 
 
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André ♕ .
24 February 2014 @ 10:04 pm

Sólo extrañaba mucho pasar por aquí. Aquí dejo una composición que me vuelve loca, es de Wim Mertens.
Enjoy ;)
 
 
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André ♕ .
10 February 2014 @ 11:19 am

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André ♕ .
Soy una persona horrible porque no me he pasado por aquí en absoluto. Lo sé. Y eso que quería regresar... tumblr_m6ma3mBu0e1r6qdwl QUIERO. Pero bueno, estoy en la universidad tumblr_m6ma74P1Eu1r6qdwl. Acabo de terminar un essay (que parece más un research paper) que hice hoy. Hoy me toca aplicar para algunas scholarships para Study Abroad. Me puse a hablar de Vienna porque fue algo interesante que encontré. Se los dejo aquí por que sí. #soyunanerd #why.


SMARTVIENNA.
Today, the gradual rise of globalization has redesigned the world—some individuals consider it an evolutionary phenomenon, merely an expansion of global trade or capital flow. However, the most intricate minds would argue it represents much more; an imminent flow of human ideas, interactions, and cultures also take place during this process. In order to sustain this development, cities' infrastructures must adapt to sudden changes. Developed metropolitan cities have realized the crux importance of providing public transportation, allowing access to employment, medical care, community assistance, and recreational opportunities. Vienna has not only reacted to the rising globalization by submitting more than a hundred proposals for green projects, but also implemented changes to its infrastructure. As a result, in January 13, 2014, the city of Vienna ranked 3rd in the “smart cities” index (Stadt Wien, 2014).

     In the words of Enrique Penalosa, former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, “A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transport” (City Atlas, 2014). Hence, the more urban a region is, the less car traffic. One of the most significant implementations of Vienna is a meticulously planned gradual shift from traffic to sustainable modes. In 2012, 28% of the Viennese population was pedestrians, 6% used bikes, 27% owned a private vehicle, and 39% used public transportation. Angelika Winkler, Vienna City Administration’s Urban Development and Planning head, declared the desired objectives for the year 2020. Winkler intends to implement an urban platform initiative to encourage people to use more bikes,  predicting the figure will go up from 6% to 8% in the next seven years. Winkler hopes to increase public transportation by 1% and decrease the use of private vehicles by 2% (Winkler, 2013).

     According to Sustainable Business News, “Siemens and partners are creating a "smart" city in Vienna, Austria - a living lab that tests designs and systems for intelligent cities of the future” (2013). Siemens, a German multinational engineering and electronics conglomerate, has taken a special interest on the inherent potential of Vienna as one of the leading cities of today and the future. Some of the new implementations include, but are not limited to, intelligent traffic solutions, water management, and green buildings. In essence, they will prioritize urban renewal over urban expansion (Homeier, 2013).

     Vienna wants to position itself as a city of competence; it desires to become the mecca of research and technology in Europe. According to Siemens, the Smart City will be located in Aspern, a district in northern Vienna, and will have an initial research budget of $51 million. It is currently one of the largest urban development projects in Europe. The district covers 595 acres, half of that area will be reserved for public, recreation areas such as parks or plazas; it will also have apartments and offices, and a business, science, research, and training center. The area will be densely walkable and will have easy access to public transportation. Beyond doubt, one of the most important aspects of this project is the decentralized source of energy that will feed this smart city’s electrical needs. “IT solutions will detect faults in the system, recognize inefficient consumption patterns, and identify potential opportunities for savings” (Sustainable Business News, 2013).

   Vienna is a conscious country that is aware of the climate change repercussions that are imminent but can be delayed. “If we don't change direction soon, we will end up where we are heading” (World Energy Outlook, 2011). By 2050, Vienna has a vision of success; their action plan will be executed in 2015 and a roadmap in 2020 (Homeier, 2013). Smart cities require a holistic approach and with the implementation of the initiatives to encourage public transportation and the project Aspern, Vienna indeed will be one of the leaders – if not the leading, sustainable energy cities in Europe and the world.


References

City Atlas. (2014). Where the rich use public transport…. Retrieved from http://newyork.thecityatlas.org/lifestyle/developed-area-rich-public-transport-ways-city/

Homeier, I. (2013, May). Smart city Wien Initiative. Retrieved from http://www.impacts.org/euroconference/vienna2013/presentations/Vienna impacts smart city.pdf

Stadt Wien. (2014, January 14). Vienna moved up to rank 3 in the Smart Cities Index. Retrieved from http://www.wien.gv.at/english/politics/international/competition/smart-city.html

Sustainable Business News. (2013, July 16). Siemens launches Smart City in Vienna. Retrieved from http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/25053

Winkler, A. (2013, May 16). Strategic planning for urban places and pedestrian mobility. Retrieved from http://www.impacts.org/euroconference/vienna2013/presentations/Vienna oerm_4_engl.pdf

World Energy Outlook. (2011, November 14). Opinion leaders on WEO. Retrieved from http://www.iea.org/publications/worldenergyoutlook/aboutweo/opinionleadersonweo/

Y ya terminé. Me voy a otras juntas pero espero que estén bien. Les quiero indefinidamente <3. MUAAAKS.
 
 
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