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Low Tech Magazine 2007-2012
 Auteur: Kris de Decker  Category: Geschiedenis, Non-fictie, Technologie  Publisher: Low Tech Magazine  : 2019  Pagina's: 618 Bestel boek

Low-tech Magazine underscores the potential of past and often forgotten technologies and how they can inform sustainable energy practices. Sometimes, past technologies can be copied without any changes. More often, interesting possibilities arise when older technology is combined with new knowledge and new materials, or when past concepts and traditional knowledge are applied to modern technology. Inspiration is also to be found in the so-called ‚Äúdeveloping‚ÄĚ world, where resource constraints often lead to inventive, low-tech solutions. Contains 268 images in black & white.


  • How to downsize a transport network: the Chinese¬†wheelbarrow
  • Medieval smokestacks: fossil fuels in pre-industrial¬†times
  • The bright future of solar powered¬†factories
  • Pedal powered farms and factories: the forgotten future of the stationary¬†bicycle
  • Bike powered electricity generators are not¬†sustainable
  • The short history of early pedal powered¬†machines
  • Insulation: first the body, then the¬†home
  • Aerial ropeways: automatic cargo transport for a¬†bargain
  • Hand powered drilling tools and¬†machines
  • Boat mills: water powered, floating¬†factories
  • Recycling animal and human dung is the key to sustainable¬†farming
  • The status quo of electric cars: better batteries, same¬†range
  • The sky is the limit: human powered cranes and lifting¬†devices
  • Wood gas vehicles: firewood in the fuel¬†tank
  • Gas bag¬†vehicles
  • Trolley canal¬†boats
  • How (not) to resolve the energy¬†crisis
  • Hoffmann¬†kilns
  • Wind powered factories: history (and future) of industrial¬†windmills
  • Water powered cable¬†trains
  • Get wired (again): Trolleybuses and¬†Trolleytrucks
  • Electric road trains in Germany, 1901 –¬†1950
  • The monster footprint of digital¬†technology
  • Cargo ships, then and¬†now
  • Moonlight towers: light pollution in the¬†1800s
  • Tiles as a substitute for steel: the art of the timbrel¬†vault
  • A steam powered submarine: the¬†Ict√≠neo
  • The Citroen¬†2CV: cleantech from the¬†1940s
  • Life without airplanes: from London to New York in 3 days and 12¬†hours
  • Satellite navigation in the 18th¬†century
  • Email in the 18th century: the optical¬†telegraph