Appropriate_Technology_F08

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Announcements 11/6/08 Final presentations moved up to Mon 12/1 evening Due to study week not being available During “official” class meeting time for 4920 We will cancel class meeting Tues 12/2 10:10-11 Hold “office hours” instead Flexibility about talk content If some students have conflicts, partial representation OK You can present results in a preliminary form Feedback will be useful for final written report Request from bike lift team for survey participation Link to web survey will be available on BB site and via email
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“Appropriate” Technology “Advanced” Technology, and the Global Economy: Engineering in Context Dr. F Vanek CEE 492 “Engineers for a Sustainable World” Nov. 20, 2007 Website for STEVEN Foundation mentioned in show:
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A parable…
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“Engineering for a Sustainable World” goes beyond graduation… You do not ever need to stop or give up
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Outline of This Talk 1. Background on technology transfer and Appropriate Technology (AT) 2. Introduction to the STEVEN Foundation 3. Alternative approaches to technology transfer In-class brainstorming exercise 4. Examples of STEVEN Technologies Example of instructional video 5. Discussion
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Published Resources Ken Darrow & Mike Saxenian, “Appropriate Technology Sourcebook” (see STEVEN website) Barrett Hazeltine & Chris Bull, “Field Guide to Appropriate Technology” Jim Leckie et al, “More Other Homes and Garbage” (Strange title, great book ) Alan Weisman, “Gaviotas: a Village to Reinvent the World”
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Opening Discussion The dominant “paradigm” regarding economic development in a globalized economy: “Poor countries develop by manufacturing products for the global market. As they grow in expertise and wealth, they aim for higher-end manufactured products and eventually to develop a service economy” Is this a “good” paradigm? Defend or critique
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My First Experience w Small-Scale, Low-Cost Technology Location: E. St Louis, IL (1987) Worked with local state rep. Hon. Wyvetter Young Goal: solar forced-air heating Used design from TVA Built collector in community economic dev. center
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Technology Transfer in Industrializing/Less Developed Countries Industrializing = Latin America, Africa, South and Southeast Asia Purpose: Improve living conditions? Integrate population into global economy? Provide cheap manufacturing? Preserve indigenous/traditional way of life? Urban vs. rural locations
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Brief background on Appropriate Technology (A.T.) “Implementing technology at a level that is appropriate for its surrounding community and environment” Often “soft” rather than “hard” technologies Aspects of A.T.: Technical Economic Cultural (incorporate “sociotechnics”) Related concept: “Intermediate Technology”
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Some design guidelines are opposite of those in developed countries
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