The Hovering Cycle

February 23, 2013
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The Hovering Cycle

A guest post on toilet cleanliness and toilet use by Thomas Levine from thomaslevine.com. Sitting Toilets Western sitting-style toilets are presumably intended to be used in a seated position, (McClelland & Ward, 1982) except when used by males for exclusively urination. A sign on a bathroom in my college dorm illustrates this expectation. But...

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Introducing Dr. Sh*t: South African geologist dedicates life to school kids and their toilets

January 28, 2013
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Introducing Dr. Sh*t: South African geologist dedicates life to school kids and their toilets

Maybe we give a buck to that houseless veteran standing on the corner. Perhaps we donate to the annual holiday collection for families struggling to make ends meet. But how many of us would give up a lucrative career to dedicate our lives to those in need? Trevor Mulaudzi, that’s who. He once was...

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Essay Review of The Bathroom: Small Spaces, Vast Systems

December 21, 2012
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Essay Review of The Bathroom: Small Spaces, Vast Systems

Reading The Bathroom: Small Spaces, Vast Systems published in Places by Dr. Barbara Penner, senior lecturer at Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, challenges one to think beyond the status quo for global sanitation design of toilets, hygiene, and sewers. Penner is not your typical architect. She pushes disciplinary boundaries to decipher historical and sociological...

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World Toilet Summit 2012: Liveblog

November 29, 2012
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Welcome to the PHLUSH liveblog of the World Toilet Summit 2012. PHLUSH volunteer Abby Brown is liveblogging the event from Durban, South Africa on December 4 to December 6. Click Read more below for the latest updates. The event program is located here. [Please remember the time difference - Durban is ten hours ahead of...

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A Rough History of Sanitation in the West

November 27, 2012
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A Rough History of Sanitation in the West

We’ll be at the Random Hacks of Kindness event in Seattle, participating in Toilet Hackers. Researching sanitation is a passion of ours, so we, Molly and Mathew, thought we’d put together a very rapid rough history of sanitation in the US, Canada, and Western Europe in the past 200 years.  There’s a stack of...

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Abby Brown will represent PHLUSH at World Toilet Summit in South Africa.

November 20, 2012
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Abby Brown will represent PHLUSH at World Toilet Summit in South Africa.

At the end of the month Abby Brown is on her way to Durban, South Africa to represent PHLUSH at the 12th annual World Toilet Summit. Chosen by fellow PHLUSH volunteers to take advantage of a grant awarded by the World Toilet Organization, Abby will present to a plenary session on December 6th speaking about toilet...

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Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human, or PHLUSH, is an all-volunteer advocacy group based in Portland's Old Town Chinatown. We collaborate with grassroots organizations, environmental activists, planners, architects, code officials and city managers. We receive support from the Old Town Chinatown Community Association and Neighbors West-Northwest. PHLUSH is a member of the World Toilet Organization and a partner in the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance.

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