Author Archives: Jon Park

About Jon Park

My name is Jon Park and I come from a diverse background. I am Korean, but I was born in Thailand, grew up in Taiwan, lived in Kansas for a year and have been living in New York for 7 years. This is one of the reasons I love traveling and exploring new cultures. My favorite part about experiencing new cultures is trying out new food. I enjoy doing what most guys like to do. I play sports and I am the founder and President of Baruch Soccer Club that won rookie club of the year last year. I enjoy meeting new people, trying new things, and am looking forward to a good year at Baruch.

Posts by Jon Park

Future of Foods in NYC



This is a self sustaining oxygen mask. The tank is powered by a plant, which releases oxygen as carbon dioxide is absorbed from the user, hence putting an end to oxygen tanks. I decided to use a plant rather than a plain mechanical converter, because I am interested in the genetic engineering of plants and living things. I believe that technology and nature can coexist and create awesome inventions like this. The mask itself can be greatly beneficial to not only swimmers and astronauts, but in a post apocalyptic world where oxygen might be scarce. We have continuously made strides in science to create unlimited energy sources and I believe that this invention will one day come to fruition.

How easy is a greener tomorrow?

“Let us make an end of monumental, funereal and
commemorative architecture. Let us overturn monuments,
pavements, arcades and flights of steps; let us sink the streets
and squares; let us raise the level of the city,” -Antonio Sant’Elia.

The key element of futurism is to transform society into an idealistically efficient one; to get rid of the old and come in with the new. Perhaps such a radical change proposed by the two authors of futurism aren’t in any bit realistic, but the idea of progress and accepting change is one that society needs to adopt in order to make a greener tomorrow.

Technology has progressed faster than ever and we are living in a rapidly changing world, but how quickly will we ingrain sustainable lifestyles into our global human culture? The author of “Incinerators vs Zero Waste: Energy and the Climate,” proposes the realistic idea of simple tasks that can be practiced in order to make a large difference. For example, if we recycled paper, we would decrease the demand for wood and deforestation, which is responsible for 25% of carbon emissions.

Let’s not forget the fact that large corporations KiOR are building large plants that create fuels from wastes, contributing greatly to the reduction of pollution, but the impact would be incomparable to the participation of every citizen in saving the environment, starting from the community. Although this may be unrealistic, with time, political influence, the creation of incentives and the improvement of technology, we will see greater participation in the near future.

My question is this: What do we have to do incorporate recycling into our culture locally and internationally? Will it come naturally with time? Will rapid radical futurist change ever work?

Comments by Jon Park

"I agree with you here. A large scale overhaul isn't feasible financially and will cause a large disruption in the current state of living. This is why the data is so important, so we can analyze the potential investments into reducing pollution and saving energy. I believe many efforts have already been made at low costs, including creating green roofs. However, like you mentioned, can New York City reach a point where stop decelerating the rate of energy consumption at a feasible price? How long lasting will these small projects be in comparison to infrastructure changes and improved transportation systems?"
--( posted on Feb 25, 2014, commenting on the post Is time better spent on preparing for energy consumption versus attempting to lower it? )
"I think you pose an excellent question, which has been a great topic for debate in the past few decades. As technology continues to develop, the efficiency of these alternative energy sources such as wind turbines and solar panels have increased immensely. In the same way, pollution in New York City is becoming reduced due to innovation. However, innovation comes at a price. With the city being strapped on cash, the ambitious call for large scaled projects don't seem feasible. So to go back to your original question, I believe that energy will one day become a scarce resource, but the rate at which our world will reach that point will slow down increasingly."
--( posted on Feb 25, 2014, commenting on the post Energy Race or Pure Optimism? )