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Hybrid nature : sewage treatment and the contradictions of the industrial ecosystem

Author: Daniel Schneider
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2011.
Series: Urban and industrial environments.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Biological sewage treatment, like electricity, power generation, telephones, and mass transit, has been a key technology and a major part of the urban infrastructure since the late nineteenth century. But sewage treatment plants are not only a ubiquitous component of the modern city, they are also ecosystems--a hybrid variety that incorporates elements of both nature and industry and embodies multiple  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Schneider
ISBN: 9780262016445 0262016443 9780262516389 0262516381
OCLC Number: 712983441
Awards: Winner of Winner, 2013 George Perkins Marsh Prize, awarded be the American Society for Environmental History 2013
Winner of Winner, 2013 George Perkins Marsh Prize, awarded be the American Society for Environmental History 2013
Description: xxx, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Natural vs. Artificial: "The Right Way to Dispose of Town Sewage" --
2. Public vs. Private: "Nature Must Be Circumvented" --
3. Craft vs. Science: "Be an Operator, Not a Valve Turner" --
4. Profit vs. Purification: "Sewage Is Something to Be Got Rid Of" --
5. The Contradictions Continue: Sewage Treatment since the Clean Water Act --
6. From Sewage to Biotech: "What We Have before Us Is an Industrial Product" --
7. Conclusion: The Living Machine®.
Series Title: Urban and industrial environments.
Responsibility: Daniel Schneider.
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