Category Archives: design

Mathew Talking Toilets at Tedx March 23

Tedx Concordia in Portland is already sold out, but you can watch Mathew’s startling talk online.  It’s gonna be a good one.

The Companion is a part of the official portland emergency plan

The Sewer Catastrophe Companion is now a part of the official Portland emergency plan!  This is all thanks to the great work of PHLUSH.

Our Sewer Catastrophe Companion was featured several months back on the excellent Discard Studies blog. Max Liboiron does excellent writing on waste, reminding people what it’s really about:

Portable Composting Toilets for Multi Day Events

The Cloacina Project with design and implementation from PNCA’s graduate students in Collaborative Design created an open source hardware platform for toilets, urinals, hand sinks and privacy screens for portable low cost dry toilets. Recognizing that hardware is only half the problem the PNCA students addressed the user interface by creating a training protocol, help [...]

Talk at Research Club this Sunday

Check out the video of Mat’s talk on why bathrooms are gross. Warning, it’s gross. We’re talking at noon on Sunday for our friends at Research Club. It’ll be their 19th Brunch and the first oen featuring composting toilets

Update: Note to Mathew, call people, don’t just google companies.

I recently had the chance to sit down with Brent from Hyphae Design Lab in person.  Although they don’t say so on their website, they have extensive toilet experience and know exactly what they’re up to.  I look forward to hearing more about the project.       This could really set composting toilets back [...]

The Dream of the 60′s is Alive in Wolhusen

As part of the Cewas start up program Mathew and I had a chance on May 19th to visit Tropenhaus, a greenhouse for tropical plants located in the small town of Wolhusen, CH. The idea for the tropical house began with Johannes Heeb 11 years ago. The motivation was to re-use the waste heat from [...]

Eco-Toilets Summit, Falmouth, MA

I just got a great report back from Earle Barnhart of the Green Center on the Eco-Toilets Summit that he and Hilde Maingay organized.  What a glowing success!  You can read about it on this guest post I did for PHLUSH. I wanted to host here Earle’s finished presentation on toilets, following the nitrogen pollution [...]

Eight Rungs on a Ladder of Citizen Participation

This is a chart from page 42 of Colin Ward’s book “Streetwork: the Exploding School” first published in 1973. the original reference is to Sherry Arnstein’s “A Ladder of Citizen Participation in the USA”, Journal of the American Institute of Planners, July 1969. Streetwork is a great book on environmental education. Nils Norman runs a [...]

Compost-heated Greenhouse c.1750

Ním Wunnan points us towards the Lost Gardens of Heligan, where they have restored to operation a “pineapple pit,” a compost-heated greenhouse in fashion in the mid-18th century for growing pineapples in Britain.  It is, as far as is known, the world’s only operational pineapple pit.

Emergency Sanitation Workshop This Saturday

We'll be doing a 45 minute workshop on Saturday June 2nd @ 2pm at King Elementary School as part of Resilience PDX.org
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