Not so much the water as what's in it: engineering anthropology for beginners

Thompson M & Beck M B (2017). Not so much the water as what's in it: engineering anthropology for beginners. Social Anthropology 25 (3): 335-345. DOI:10.1111/1469-8676.12423.

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Abstract

There is, it is often observed, no waste in nature; waste comes from culture. This means that if there were no human-generated material flows – water, energy, phosphorus, nitrogen, food, carbon dioxide and so on – there would be no waste. But it does not follow from this that the more human-generated flows there are, the more waste there will be. By re-engineering our cities’ infrastructures in ways that enjoy the consent of their citizens – our focus in this paper is on water and its conversion into wastewater – we can progressively alter the material flows from ‘bad’ to ‘good’, with the ultimate goal of making those cities into forces for good in the environment.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Risk & Resilience (RISK)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2017 09:08
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2017 06:24
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/14766

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