Free energy: alternative designs for awareness and choice

Jacobs, Margot and Löfgren, Ulrika and Mazé, Ramia (2005) Free energy: alternative designs for awareness and choice. In: Pride and Pre-Design, Spring Conference, 26-29 May 2005, Lisbon, Portugal.

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Energy is an invisible and increasingly valuable resource. However in the design of everyday environments and things, electricity and energy use is not often made explicit – wiring, electrical meters, outlets and batteries are hidden away in boxes, inside walls and in distant basements. We have been investigating design as both a means of enquiry into perceptions of energy and as a vehicle for making energy more explicit in everyday environments. In the Interactive Institute’s ‘Static!’ project, we investigate ‘energy as design material’. Taking energy as a design problem from the point of view of human and personal experience, our approach is to examine design as a means for increasing the visibility – and thus choices available – with regards to personal energy use.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:Publisher: IASE/UNIDCOM. ISBN: 972-98701-3-6.
ID Code:3411
Deposited By:Ramia Maze
Deposited On:13 Aug 2008
Last Modified:14 Nov 2013 15:11

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