Sunday, February 22, 2009

Opening Doors to Coolness

Open doors invite conversation and community. Closed doors don't. But here's a way to build community and keep cool this summer.

This summer, I'm anticipating our little apartment turning into a sauna. Our apartment won't be the only one in the building like this. So how do we avoid baking like turkeys in an oven? We could buy fans and leave them running day and night, running up the electric bills. Or we could go out and buy (go consumerism!) a fancy air conditioning machine and deal with the heat LA style. Or we could just suck it up and recognize in the summer, its supposed to be hot.

Well, how about secret door number four (pun intended). Open up your doors and bang on the doors of your neighbours and see if they will open there's when they are around. Suddenly a jet of air flows through the building. Suddenly you have an apartment of open doors (infinitely more neighbourly). You've also got the cool and warm air are moving through the building, sans electricity. You're using physics as your own personal air conditioner. Go physics!


John Horn said...

A great business professor once told me that the two inventions that sealed the fate of Earth and the things that live on it were the car (Ford!!!) and air conditioning.

So, yes, Kurt Buddy. Let those doors swing open!

Stewart Burgess said...

when I was a res fellow in Ottawa, I made an 'open door' policy for my floor, and it was amazing, until some guys stereo was stolen. The floor dynamic did not change that much, amazingly, but I still felt like poo. Open doors = resilient community