Appropriate Technologies

Exploring sustainability and technology at Ampersand
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Appropriate Technologies and Crowd Sourcing

Some pertinent thoughts on our experience...

I've always loved the term Appropriate Technologies. It evokes ram pumps that use the force of the water to do the pumping, low tech solar water heaters you can make yourself, and bicycle powered washing machines.

Wikipedia says that Appropriate Technologies is an outdated term and suggests that “sustainable development” has replaced it. These are not just trends in language. They are ideological differences. So many of the free thinking designers in the 70s had to figure out how to make a living. Ideas needed to be marketable for the masses and therefore consistent with the entitlement that our culture indoctrinates.  Read more...


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