ruminations about architecture and design

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

no more casino posts, we mean it!

Buy a copy of the Boston Globe if you want real news. If you came to towers of ilium, you'll be getting something different; something in that strange gray area between lies and fiction.

I've been wondering if modern medicine could function without disposable products. Steel instruments can be sterilized indefinitely, but the energy invested in collecting and washing plastics and fabrics would be subject to rapid diminishing returns. Getting blood stains out of things is tough, and bacteria can thrive in the crevices of things without anybody ever realizing it.

It's been a long time since I've dwelt on the idea, first introduced by Bill McDonaugh, of "waste as a nutrient." It's the obvious endgame of human manufacturing--a distinct type of biomimicry. I wonder what brand of toilet paper the bacteria at sewage treatment plants like the most?

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