Chikunga: Metalworking Films from Katanga

In the late 1950s Herman Philips, an engineer with Union Minière du Haut Katanga, made several films of indigenous metalworking in Katanga. Chikunga, documenting iron smelting and smithing, has been restored and digitized by Professor Allwood of the Use Less Group and made available thanks to Philips’ sons Pieter and...

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Material Demand Reduction workshop for Royal Society Philosophical Transactions

On 26 – 28 September 2016 the Use Less Group hosted a workshop on Material Demand Reduction in St Catherine’s College, Cambridge. A key strategy for climate mitigation is "Material Efficiency" - living well with less material production. The barriers to implementing the many technical opportunities fall outside of the science and engineering background, and therefore this was a multidisciplinary event, with speakers covering a range of disciplines including engineering, theology, history, fashion studies, economics, innovation studies, public health, sociology and psychology.

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