Picture Gallery With arms as long as the Eiffel Tower is high, the Maeslant Storm Surge Barrier protects the citizens of Holland from experiencing massive flooding during extreme weather. Plus, it is one of the wonders of the modern world! Approaching one of the train stations of Freiburg, a central hub where people can take buses, trams, trains, and rent out bikes in order to navigate the surrounding area. Steffan walks us over the parking garage, which is discreetly hidden beneath the houses that were built on top of it to save space and make the town more appealing. Here is a view of a public space that the citizens of Vauban decided would be a community garden and green space rather than a parking deck. If sentiment changes within a community, this area could become a parking deck. One of the four wind turbines we saw today. This turbine’s name is Helga and was constructed in 2001. The turbine cost two million euros and is co-owned by 142 people. This is the inside of one of the hydropower plants that we saw. It uses an archimedes screw in reverse to generate power. Rooftop and solar panels of the university. Under the parking lot there are thermal collectors which allow for the transfer of energy and aid in heating the building. The solar panels also acquire energy and produce heat. The irrigation system for all of the plants in the greenhouse. The system runs nutrients from fish waste and water from below directly to plant roots in a controlled amount. Yellow tape is suspended above the produce to control pest contamination in an organic way. Biking infrastructure extends all along the beach, cutting through the dunes to make bike travel easy and accessible. Rooftop solar panels at the Fraunhofer Institute that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The sun shines on Schönau, Germany. We had a walking tour after our discussion, and were shown wind turbines and a small hydroelectric plant, as well as the original offices of EWS. On the way to Priva, we passed through an area with a lot of greenhouses. Advanced greenhouse technologies helped The Netherlands become the second largest exporter of agricultural products in the world. Students bike along a canal on the way to Priva headquarters. Even outside of the city, the bicycle infrastructure is quite extensive. An example of a larger houseboat on the canal. The houses behind it are famous for being crooked. Students look at examples of the size of the coal before and after milling. “Capitalism will end anyway. You decide when!” was a poster hung outside one of the main meeting points of the G20 protests. This building also houses discussions about alternatives to capitalism. The algae house is a good example of the housing experiments that are happening in Wilhelmsburg. The outer walls of the house are filled with tanks of water and algae. The water is in motion constantly to prevent the algae from settling. This causes maximum algae production. The algae is dried and sold to fish farmers. The climbing gym at the Inselpark has been a huge success with young people. All skill levels can enjoy the gym, and if climbing doesn’t interest you then the bar or office spaces in the building may. This is the former artists’ squat that now has two beer gardens, the Anne Frank exhibit, the small flea market, and graffiti and art on the walls The “Dem Deutchen Volke” means “for the german people.” It was added during WWI as moral booster for the the weary soldiers. King Willhelm was very against this addition. While a robust and versatile mode of transportation, bikes represent an amorphous and inefficient use of road space. Here, a line of bikes skirts between parked and moving cars, endangering not only the cyclists themselves, but also giving motorists less freedom of motion, making it difficult to drive safely. An example of the vast amount of bike parking available in the Netherlands. This underground parking complex was located right outside of a train station. Bike pathways are spacious and make travellers feel safe and comfortable. Pathways like this one are crucial to keeping the Dutch bike culture strong. A small pond in Vauban, Freiburg. Architectural diversity and plenty of green spaces can make urban environments more livable and aesthetically pleasing. A closer look at the storm surge barrier. The gates are currently open, allowing water to flow freely through the barrier. In the event of a storm, these gates would close, preventing the excess water from crossing the barrier. Smart government can encourage alternative forms of energy, like wind. This allows initiatives like creating a climate-neutral region to be done much more quickly and easily. Here you can see the black strips – which are pieces of film woven into the bag. Each bag is hand-woven and takes up to a full day to create. Students work toward developing their own sort of electric car. These people are the future of the electric car and possibly the autonomous car in the future! Current autonomous car: This is a model for an autonomous car that is being tested right now. This would be a four seater without a steering wheel, and would have to be autonomous 100% of the time. Our group exploring the rooftop garden before eating lunch at the rooftop restaurant. This section of rooftop houses a beehive, produce to be harvested, flowers, and a place to compost. A car prototype: This could be a possible design for a car of the future. Single seater car that drives you around wherever you need it to, and it doesn’t ever park unless it needs to charge its batteries. Freiburg residents congregate during lunch time on a sunny Thursday to eat and shop in Munsterplatz. Rows of leafy greens at the entrance to the rooftop greenhouse at The New Farm. This was one of two sides. The other side contained tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplants.