Fluid technologies: The Bush Pump, the LifeStraw and microworlds of humanitarian design.

  title={Fluid technologies: The Bush Pump, the LifeStraw and microworlds of humanitarian design.},
  author={Peter Redfield},
  journal={Social studies of science},
  volume={46 2},
Over the past decade, many ingenious, small-scale gadgets have appeared in response to problems of disaster and extreme poverty. Focusing on the LifeStraw, a water filtration device invented by the company Vestergaard Frandsen, I situate this wave of humanitarian design relative to Marianne de Laet and Annemarie Mol's classic article on the Zimbabwe Bush Pump. The LifeStraw shares the Bush Pump's principle of technical minimalism, as well as its ethical desire to improve the lives of… CONTINUE READING

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