Sunday, June 7, 2015

Students build affordable, zero-net-energy home for farm workers

UC Davis students are kicking off a summer of design and construction to build “Aggie Sol,” a zero-net-energy home intended for farm workers.
Aggie Sol marks UCD’s first time participating in the Solar Decathlon, a competition hosted every two years by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Since 2002, the Solar Decathlon has invited university students from across the globe to apply their research skills to creating zero-net-energy homes. This October, 18 universities selected out of a pool of 150 applicants will compete in a weekend-long series of Solar Decathlon contests in Irvine.
At a construction kickoff ceremony Friday, UCD students and supporters met to showcase Aggie Sol as it moves into one its last phases. After more than a year of planning the house, the floorboards are bolted down and at least 50 students are ready to build through the summer so it will be ready for the competition in October.

Since UCD’s Solar Decathlon team was formed in March 2014, more than 300 students have participated, said Robert Good, the team’s project manager. While most are design and engineering majors, sociology, communications and English students have joined in.
At the center of the project are goals for sustainability and well-being. The planning stages included an analysis of farm worker housing by the sociology department, Good explained.

“They found that farmers tend to have a lack of public space, living quarters and energy efficiency,” Good said. “This is the first house of its kind.”

A rendering of the Aggie Sol house's interior shows an open kitchen, dining and living space. Designed with farm workers in mind, the zero-net-energy home is being built by UC Davis students competing this fall in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon in Irvine.

A rendering of the Aggie Sol house's interior shows an open kitchen, dining and living space. Designed with farm workers in mind, the zero-net-energy home is being built by UC Davis students competing this fall in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon in Irvine.

During the ceremony, Adela de la Torre, vice chancellor for student affairs, spoke about the wider importance of Aggie Sol to California’s agricultural communities.
“This can change the image of how we look at affordable housing,” de la Torre said. “One needs to have dignity where one lives.”
De la Torre recalled her research in the Central Valley, where she found herself in the home of a single mother.

“The windows were broken and they had no furniture. … I thought to myself, I’m trying to fight obesity and these individuals don’t have a dignified place to live.”
The Aggie Sol house is aimed at supporting health and dignity among these farm workers.
One of the component of these goals is reducing the amount of pesticides to which a farm home may be subject. Often, a farm worker may return home with clothing covered in pesticides from the field, explained Alex Perez, a fourth-year civil engineering student.

Robert Good, project manager for UC Davis' Solar Decathlon team, speaks at Friday's kickoff event. Since the team was formed in March 2014, more than 300 students have participated, Good said.

UC Davis students who are participating in the Aggie Sol project and supporters sign the floorboards at a public event Friday. From left are Brielle Mansell, a UCD history student who is not working on the project; Pedro Do Vale, a mechanical engineering major who is the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning team leader; and Elsa Lu, an art major working on the project's design.


In order to create a barrier for these pesticides, the home includes a “cleansing room” where workers can place their clothing and wash before entering the rest of the home.
Projects like Aggie Sol are important to Perez, who has been on the Solar Decathlon team for a year.
“I’m from a low-income area in L.A. and I want my home to be low-energy one day … but it’s just not affordable,” Perez said.

Contained in less than 1,000 square feet, Aggie Sol will include two bedrooms, a kitchen, dining area, living room, cleansing room and bathroom.

Aggie Sol’s zero-net-energy design has sustainable features in all areas of the home, including solar panels, rainwater collection and radiant floor piping that heats and cools the home from below.
Altogether, the home has sufficient temperature control and insulation so that it can remain between 71 and 76 degrees at all times.

Outside, the house will be lined with planters filled with drought-tolerant plants and “food menu” plants, such as basil and chilis, said Ben Hu, the project’s landscape lead. The landscaping is connected to the house so that greywater from sinks and showers is used to water the planters.
“The biggest thing is making sure it’s resilient … and that we can get food out of it,” Hu said.

A rendering of the Aggie Sol house's exterior shows solar panels and low-water-use landscaping that takes advantage of a greywater system. Designed with farm workers in mind, the zero-net-energy home is being built by UC Davis students competing this fall in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon in Irvine. UC Davis/Courtesy photo

Once the competition is over, Aggie Sol will return to UCD, where it may be used as student housing for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Good said. Other possibilities include using the building as a research station at Clearlake orLake Berryessa, or putting it up for sale for a landowner or farmer.

The team is aiming to have their work done by Sept. 1 so they can spend a month performing tests on the building. After that, the house will be transported down to Irvine via the trailers it’s built upon.
“It’s a big push to finish this summer,” Good said, “and we’re making the sprint.”

— Reach Felicia Alvarez at falvarez@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8052.

Article Link: http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/ag-environment/students-build-affordable-zero-net-energy-home-for-farm-workers/

Thursday, January 2, 2014

UC Davis - Landscape Architecture Courtyard Project 2013


UC Davis Landscape Architecture - Courtyard Project 2013



Brought to you by the UC Davis Landscape Architecture Class of 2015!


UC Davis Landscape Architecture Class of 2015

Before Photo around 2010
First-Hand sketch of Courtyard Design by Greg Webber

After Photo on December 2013

The goal of this project is to introduce the process, documents, materials and methods of construction. We focus on making design decisions regarding detail configuration, material choices, sustainability, and construction techniques. The space is designed for public-use, sustainable, cost-effective, and functionality. 


"In honor of the LDA 160, I'm sharing the process book that I put together. It summarizes the entire 160 project from start to finish"

Special Thanks to Danica Liongson



More Photos

Night Time




Day Time








First-built UC Davis Green Wall
Slide Show Link: http://slide.ly/view/25b2216675acd566a9697e032ac4655a


Special Thanks to Nate Oakley, Salli Sticlaru, Danica Liongson, Sean Vang and everyone else for the great pictures.

Special Thanks to Professor Keith Wilson and Haven Kiers!

Group Divisions:

Green Wall Group
Seat Wall Group
Water Feature Group
Planting Group
Signage Group
Lighting Group


 


Sponsored by:

Red Leaf Developments
http://www.redleaflandscapes.com/

Hunter Industries
http://www.hunterindustries.com/

The Toro Company
http://www.thetorocompany.com/


Feel free to email us or leave a comment below. Thank you! 


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Contact Information:
Ben Hu 
Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture
Minor in Film Studies
University of California, Davis

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Weekend of Service at UC Davis Arboretum 2013

Weekend of Service at UC Davis Arboretum 2013


"Had a great time volunteering today! Hope everyone can have join us in the future!" - Ben Hu
California Native Plant GATEway Garden
Part 1
Part 2

We are seeking volunteers to assist with planting native plants in the new California Native Plant GATEway Garden at the east end of the Arboretum. This garden is currently under construction and will be planted in phases. Volunteers will contribute to this major project which will ultimately include over 25,000 new plants. The garden will serve as a welcoming new entry to the Arboretum and campus from downtown Davis. It will also be a beautiful teaching garden where visitors can learn more about local native plants and natural history.

For more information and questions, please contact Emily Griswold, ebgriswold@ucdavis.edu.






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Contact Information:
Ben Hu 
Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture
Minor in Film Studies
University of California, Davis 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Southeast Asian Retreat 2013 - (SEA)ZE THE DAY!

Southeast Asian Retreat 2013 - (SEA)ZE THE DAY!

Southeast Asian (SEA) Retreat 2013 Group

About:

Every year, Southeast Asians Furthering Education hosts the Southeast Asian (SEA) Retreat. This weekend long event is aimed towards uniting and empowering Southeast Asian (American) identified students at the University of California, Davis. This retreat's purpose is to celebrate and validate the rich history and culture of an identity and community that is often misunderstood and disregarded. The various activities and workshops this weekend are designed to help participants discover what it means to be Southeast Asian themselves and to be Southeast Asian in the community.  

What do we do?

This year's theme is (SEA)ZE THE DAY. Its purpose for the retreat is to motivate participants to take a step further with their activism and advocacy and work towards progressing the SEA Community. All too often, efforts to improve the community are hindered by personal biases, a lack of understanding of ourselves and of each other, and ignorance of issues that surround us. The retreat is not only a way for participants to learn more about themselves or build community, but it is also an opportunity to cultivate new ideas and break down barriers in a safe and welcoming space. 


Southeast Asian (SEA) Retreat Wix Website

For more information, please visit our event's websites:

Official Event: http://safecd.wix.com/searetreat-2013#!apply/ck0q
 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/153085958222689/

SAFE: http://srrc.ucdavis.edu/programs/safe/index.html




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Special Thanks:

Vivian BuiStudent Director/RROC Representativevtbui@ucdavis.edu
Mai Moua VangAdministrative Coordinatormaivang@ucdavis.edu
Casey NguyenCommunity Development Coordinatorcknguyen@ucdavis.edu
Gordon LimHolistic Retention Coordinatorgtlim@ucdavis.edu
Samantha HerRecruitment Coordinator (High School)samher@ucdavis.edu
Lee LoRecruitment Coordinator (Middle School)llo@ucdavis.edu
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Contact Information:

Ben Hu 
Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture
Minor in Film Studies
University of California, Davis

Sunday, July 14, 2013

UC Davis SEA Graduation - Southeast Asian Graduation 2013

      UC Davis SEA Graduation - Southeast Asian Graduation 2013

 

Who are we? 

Southeast Asian Graduation Celebration (SEA Grad) commemorates graduating Southeast Asian students and their families. SEA Grad recognizes each student’s accomplishments as well as the struggles and sacrifices that they and their families have faced on their pathway to and beyond higher education.


With VSA and Crystal Huynh-Kim (President of the Vietnamese Student Association 2013)
With Wingsze Lam and Roger Moy - 2013

 

About:

While we share similar historical backgrounds, the Southeast Asian community encompasses many different ethnicities and identities. By coming together, we will build a network of Southeast Asian students that will lead our community beyond the University –acknowledging our differences as well as our potential for unity. This celebration is not only for our scholars –who are the role models of today, but also for the next generations in our families –our role models for tomorrow. Participate in the 4th Annual Southeast Asian Graduation (SEA Grad) Celebration ever at UC Davis!

For more information, please visit our event's websites:

Official Event: http://ucdseagrad.wordpress.com/
SAFE: http://srrc.ucdavis.edu/programs/safe/index.html


With Jamie Lam and Professor Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde (
Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at UC Davis)
Special Thanks to Professor Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies

3113 Hart Hall

Main Campus of University of California Davis, Davis, CA 95616






Professor Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde received her B.A. in Political Science and Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her teaching, research and organizing interests include: Southeast Asian American history and contemporary issues, mixed race and gender theories, Fashionology, Aesthetics, Diaspora, and Transnationalism Studies. She authored Transnationalizing Viet Nam: Community, Culture, and Politics in the Diaspora (Temple University Press 2012). This book explores the immense influence of the native and diasporic communities on each other in politics, culture, community, generations, gender relations, technology, news media, and the arts. Professor Valverde founded Viet Nam Women's Forum (1996), a virtual community with over 300 women globally, and Our Voice (2008), a consortium of concerned Overseas Vietnamese that put forward ideas and action plans that best represent their communities and promote development globally (2008). Professor Valverde was a Luce Southeast Asian Studies Fellow at the Australian National University (2004), Rockefeller Fellow for Project Diaspora at the University of Massachusetts, Boston (2001-02), and a Fulbright Fellow in Viet Nam (1999). As a passionate advocate for the arts, she curated the exhibit Áo Dài: A Modern Design Coming of Age (2006) for the San Jose Museum of Quits and Textiles in partnership with Association for Viet Arts, and consults for the annual Áo Dài Festival held in San Jose (2011, 2012).


More information about Professor Valverde can be found at: www.kieulinh.com. 

UC Davis Faculty Website: http://asa.ucdavis.edu/faculty/kieu-linh-caroline-valverde

Email: cvalverde@ucdavis.edu

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Contact Information:

Ben Hu 
Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture
Minor in Film Studies
University of California, Davis

Saturday, May 25, 2013

UC Davis Vietnamese Student Association - 31st Annual Culture Show titled Subtext: Đọc Phần Ghi Chú (2013)

UC Davis Vietnamese Student Association - 31st Annual Culture Show titled Subtext: Đọc Phần Ghi Chú (2013)


31st Annual Culture Show titled Subtext: Đọc Phần Ghi Chú (2013)

About:

 

University of Califronia, Davis's Vietnamese Student Association invites you to come watch and enjoy its 31st Annual Culture Show titled Subtext: Đọc Phần Ghi Chú as it explores Vinh's struggle with understanding his identity, family, and place in the world. Don't miss out on this opportunity to see amazing acting, dancing, and singing! 

Every year the proceeds from VSA's Culture Show goes directly to its annual philanthropy. This year, that philanthropy is Blue Dragon whose mission is to help kids in crisis by providing housing, education, medical and psychological services, and other great resources. 

Synopsis: 

 

Have you met Vinh? He's a 20-something Vietnamese male and, if his parents plan goes well, he'll inherit their newspaper company, the Viet Chronicles. If he had an OKCupid account (he doesn't) it would say he spends time out with nature, enjoys the comfort of a book, and is 5'8" (when in reality is only 5'7.5.") Oh, and somewhere in that mix of facts it would mention that he's on the Autism spectrum. 


Who are we? 

 

We are an organization on campus that strives to promote Vietnamese culture on and around campus to everyone interested in the Vietnamese culture; share current events and social issues surrounding the Vietnamese worldwide; and provide philanthropy to Vietnamese-based organizations year-round. We strive to continue the Vietnamese traditions, for fear of it becoming extinct as the new generation replaces the old. We hope to continue to strengthen and continue the Vietnamese language and culture! We can only do so with the participation and support of members!

The Vietnamese Student Association has been a club at UC Davis since 1981, and is among the most active Vietnamese Student Association in Northern California.



Celebration of a Spectacular Performance

What are the benefits of being involved in your organization?


We strive to continue the Vietnamese traditions, for fear of it becoming extinct as the new generation replaces the old. We hope to continue to strengthen and continue the Vietnamese language and culture! We can only do so with the participation and support of members! Other than that VSA provides a safe social space for anyone who wants to meet awesome people, participate in culture promoting events as well actively learn more about the Vietnamese Culture. It is never too late to join!

Does your organization collaborate with other student organizations?

 

Our organization does numerous collaborations with other ethnic organizations on campus throughout the year. Other than collabs with the organization on campus we also do mixers with other VSAs at other schools in Northern California.


Ending Reception of a Spectacular Performance
Actor - Ben Hu as Hung


VSA Women's Ribbon Dance Performance
Fun Facts:
VSA is a affiliate of a bigger organization called the UVSA of northern California. We work with other affiliate VSA groups in Northern California, on charity events and community events, to not only better and hold on the Vietnamese culture on our campus but also in our surrounding community.  Although VSA is a cultural club, we are also big on performing dance through our contribution in performing cultural dance around campus at big events such as APCN and Picnic Day.
Photography Credits: Tung Lengua Vo


For more information, please contact us through the following!

1. Email: vsa@ucdavis.edu
2. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/2200238941/
3. Tumblr: http://vsaucd.tumblr.com/
4. Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/VSAatUCD
5. Davis Official Website Page:  http://csi.ucdavis.edu/student-organizations/student-org-spotlight/vietnamese-student-association/


UNVSA Website: http://norcaluvsa.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/154419004715960/ 

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Special Thanks:

Crystal Huynh-KimPresident    cyhuynhkim@ucdavis.edu
Suzie LamInternal Vice Presidentsuzlam@ucdavis.edu
Jonathan Minh-Man TranExternal Vice Presidentjohnathan.tran@norcaluvsa.org
Jennifer TranTreasurerjentran@ucdavis.edu
Bryan BuiSecretarybkbui@ucdavis.edu
Ben HuPublicity Committee Chairbenhu.co@gmail.com
David Dat-Trinh               Historian Co-Chair     ddtrinh@ucdavis.edu
Steven Chu               Historian Co-Chair     stvchu@ucdavis.edu
Angeline Hong               Culture Show Co-Chair     aahong@ucdavis.edu
Diem Le               Culture Show Co-Chair     dttle@ucdavis.edu
Henry Lam               Philanthropy Co-Chair     mrlam@ucdavis.edu
Pha-Le Nguyen               Philanthropy Co-Chair     pktnguyen@ucdavis.edu
Dana Pham-Tran             Publication Chair               ddphamtran@ucdavis.edu

Photographer: Tung Lengua Vo
tungvo@facebook.com

All of our sponsors as well!

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Contact Information:

Ben Hu 
Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture
Minor in Film Studies
University of California, Davis

Saturday, May 11, 2013

UC Davis - Personal Finance Entrepreneur Club 2013

 UC Davis - Personal Finance Entrepreneur Club 2013


UC Davis - Personal Finance Entrepreneur Club 2013

About:

The Personal Finance Entrepreneur Club dedicates its space to providing the UC Davis student community with a source of entrepreneurship education, resources and relationships. We bring financial knowledge, ranging from personal money-management to coordinating your own business, from the post-graduate world to you.


 AggieTV News Coverage:

Personal Finance and Entrepreneurship Club: Manage Your Student Loans!
 
"The new Personal Finance and Entrepreneurship Club presented a workshop on “Managing Your Student Loans” to answer college students’ questions about financial aid. This workshop featured a representative from the UC Davis Financial Aid Office, Ricardo Buenrostro. This club creates a comfortable environment where college students can learn about student loans and financial aid." - AggieTV 2013

Reported by: Helen Van
Filmed and Edited by: Ruben Rojas
Assistant: Eugenia Chung

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Special Thanks:

Kevin HuangPresident    kevin.p.huang@gmail.com
Ben HuTreasurerbenhu.co@gmail.com
Gabie CerezoSecretarygmcerezo@ucdavis.edu
Danielle HowellVice Presidentdmhowell@ucdavis.edu

Honorable Mentions:
Judy Wai, Oscar Jaramillo, Natasha Lie , Maltbie

Aggie TV
Official Website: www.aggietv.org
Coverage Link: http://www.aggietv.org/portfolio/personal-finance-and-entrepreneurship-club-manage-your-student-loans/

For more information, please visit the following to support and donate:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/621753514516820/
Gofundme: http://www.gofundme.com/286t9c

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Contact Information:

Ben Hu 
Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture
Minor in Film Studies
University of California, Davis