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Flamma: A City Of Passion
Flamma: A City of Passion
Part 1: The Introduction
World pollution is getting miserably worse everyday. In the past, coal and oil were commonly used as energy sources, causing air pollution. Globally, one in three people face unsafe air both indoors and out. It’s estimated to be the cause of seven million premature deaths every year (Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser, April 2017).
Nonrenewable resources are taking over our planet’s once healthy environment. The future is completely depending on reliable and resilient cities.
Introducing Flamma, City of Passion.
Founded in 2118, Flamma stands for renovated technology that reconstructs our damaged Earth. It lies along the coast of southeast Australia and is filled with 200,000 dedicated civilians whose goal is to eliminate the obsession with fossil fuels.
Part 2: A Closer Look
People: The city of Flamma welcomes any communities of ethnicity, race, or culture. This allows for a vast diversity where everyone can contribute differently and cohesively to society.
Types of Jobs: Flamma opens countless opportunities for employment, including commercial, industrial, maintaining, manufacturing, entertainment, and much more.
Climate and Natural Features: The atmosphere is hot and humid during the summers, and quite warm and dry in the winter. The city is bordered by the Indian Ocean and is filled with breathtaking mountains, rivers, and scenic views.
What the City Provides: The city provides the basic utilities: electricity, natural gas, water, sewage, and transportation. Additionally, sanitation, both sewer and refuse, streets, public libraries, schools, food inspection, fire department, police, ambulance, and other health departments are also provided.
Innovative/Futuristic Aspects of Flamma:
Housing: To provide vital utilities, Flamma uses renovated technology for resiliency. The city of Flamma has become a reference point for affordable housing. One obstacle is keeping houses affordable while still being able to sustain a large population. Most of its homes are in central city locations. This enables residents to be close to work opportunities and support services. The city also uses innovative designs and plans to support resident organizations and businesses.
Transportation: Not only do residents need to use transportation, but many materials need to be transported through delivery services as well. Throughout Flamma, monorails are speeding across the city. The monorails are lightweight and can be elevated less expensively than ground passage. Elevated systems can be built quickly because they don’t mix with traffic and pedestrians.
Infrastructure: Many buildings are running full time. To check these advanced systems, the city uses drones. Drones can be easily accessed to examine and inspect certain buildings. They can improve farming, archeology, and humanitarian work. Radio-controlled drones are used to spray crops with fertilizers and pesticides, giving farmers a more affordable alternative to using traditional airplanes. Drones are equipped with heat-sensing cameras that use thermal images to enable the researchers to see beneath the desert floor, which helps them locate buried structures. Drones can deliver vaccines and other critical medical supplies to remote locations.
The City of Flamma is a secure, sustainable, and resourceful community to depend on.
Part 3: Define the Problem
Natural Disaster: Because Flamma’s land is so dry, wildfires are a tremendous threat to citizens’ safety.
Short-term/long-term effects: By burning down plants and forests, fires can negatively affect the carbon cycle ( Matthew D. Hurteau and Matthew L. Brooks, 01 February 2011). They can also destroy many buildings and homes if they are large and spread far. Another major issue is smoke inhalation, which causes many health complications and can be the start of numerous diseases. Fires will also ruin an ecosystem’s diversity as well as degrade the soil.
Traditional electric grid disrupted: The traditional electrical grid can greatly suffer from the impacts of a fire and force whole cities into a blackout. One of the biggest weaknesses many grids have today are transmission lines that get demolished extremely easily. Because they are usually placed above ground and spread out into the open, fires can reach them. When they are destroyed, nothing else in the power grid will work.
Health and Safety Impacts: However, the effects fires have on people are tragic. People will experience short term effects when around smoke including increased coughing, sore throats, and a runny nose. The people at the highest risk are the young, elderly, and citizens that have suffered previously from heart and lung conditions. Smoke can cause asthma, various heart diseases, severe respiratory irritation, and cardiovascular effects. Because these fires are becoming so increasingly common and continuously disastrous it is very clear a solution is needed..
Part 4: Describe Your Solution
Withstanding fires innovatively: Despite the damage fires can cause, there is still a way to prevent them from destroying power plants and causing blackouts. In order to assure the city grid’s safety, all transmission lines have been placed underground and the vegetation around the grid has also been trimmed.
Conditions and repair: Though, underground transmission lines are expensive and could be disrupted by earthquakes. If so, the city only needs to repair the lines. Trimming away the vegetation will help with fires, but won’t be very helpful in other disasters. With trimmed vegetation, all the city can do is clean any trash that may fly by.
Best-worst case scenarios: The best possible scenario to where power would be restored after a wildfire, would to have electrical equipment properly maintained, have developed safety program with emergency procedures, and always be aware of current natural disaster recovery codes and standards. The worst possible scenario would to be caught unprepared and not having an electrical emergency action plan ready.
Futuristic and innovative grid: In this city, the solar panels are shaped differently, as a dish satellite made of smaller solar panels shaped as hexagons to conserve space. Solar panels are made with perovskites (mineral with a crystalline structure that efficiently converts sunlight to energy) and single-walled carbon nanotubes (improve electrical and thermal conductivity because they stretch through the plastic matrix of the brush). But the power grid is located away from the city, for it poses some alarming dangers.
Risks and solutions: Some risks of solar energy and solar panels, according to Kazmeyer and Milton, are potent greenhouse gasses, hazardous byproducts, electrical dangers, and installation risks (2017). The solutions to these problems are that most manufacturers design production lines to trap nitrogen trifluoride and sulfur hexafluoride, though, solar panels take some time to deal with the toxic wastes and any leaks that may occur. There is also an automatic feature to shut down solar generation in an event of a blackout. Installation risks are easily dealt with. Installation can be done at ground level or on horizontal surfaces to reduce the danger.
Trade Offs and Compromises: The more power grids there are, the more money is needed for building solar panels and getting the materials. The better the materials, the better usage and less complaints from consumers.
Engineering involved in grid: The engineers involved with designing the resilient city would include urban, civil, and architectural engineers. Resilience with all its dimensions depend on all citizens, spatial and environmental components with all their dimensions depend on more from architects than from other professionals. But the most useful and helpful engineers would be civil engineers, for civil design acts as an agent of change and civil engineers have a need to adapt the city and change it for higher quality. “Civil engineers are being called on to develop integrated (system of systems) strategies to ensure that not only movement of people and goods is efficient but also strategies for resilient power supply, management of water resources and for treating waste as a resource”(Comer, Andrew and Uffer, Sabina, October 11, 2016).
Part 5: Conclusion
Why People Want To Live In Our City: Flamma is a beautiful and safe place to live. The city uses many futuristic and innovative designs and plans. Although wildfires are common, everything is built to withstand these calamities with underground transmission lines and constantly monitoring drones that provide extra security. In Flamma, the citizens health and happiness is a top priority. This is why we have many well-maintained hospitals and clinics. These hospitals and clinics excel in treating damage from smoke inhalation, due to the many wildfires. Flamma’s first responders are some of the best there are, they are excellent at preventing tragic mishaps.
Resilient Power Grid: Helping to keep the city’s power grid safe is very important as well. The way our power grid is set up makes it very resilient. The crops are trimmed and transmission lines are underground to help keep the power grid safe. The solar panels in our city are also very useful, and have a hexagonal shape so that they won’t take up much space. The power sources in our city are separated from the main city, because they do have some potential hazards.
Concluding statement: Overall, Flamma would be a resilient, safe, and thrilling place for you and your family to live.
I’m a freelance writer with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Boston University. My work has been featured in publications like the L.A. Times, U.S. News and World Report, Farther Finance, Teen Vogue, Grammarly, The Startup, Mashable, Insider, Forbes, Writer (formerly Qordoba), MarketWatch, CNBC, and USA Today, among others.