We have always engineered solutions to make our lives easier. Some have stood the test of time, while others have been cast aside. Our speaker argues that today’s sustainability problems stem from the current scale and scope of engineered solutions and the virtual absence of restraints that may limit our aspirations. While some recent developments acknowledge the need for such restraints, we continue to assume more engineered solutions in our march forward. The lecture will identify the challenges of reinventing a human-scale approach to engineering, and outline recent work in the area of microgrids in this context.
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