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SWITCH! Design and Everyday Ecologies

Mazé, Ramia (2013) SWITCH! Design and Everyday Ecologies. Interactive Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. ISBN 978-91-980924-1-7

Type of Research: Book
Creators: Mazé, Ramia

There is no single answer to the question of how people should live nor any silver bullet to solve current ecological problems – and yet, we must seek new ways to think and act in light of emerging environmental challenges. Given the power of design to influence consumer and societal values, its role must be questioned and renewed in relation to current problematics of mass-production and (over)consumption. Switch! develops design artifacts and methods to influence perceptions and values around energy use in everyday life. Within the collaborative design research program, a conceptual and practical inquiry focused on critical interventions into sustainable design discourse." (back cover text) Evading design genres of greenwashing and eco-horror, future utopias and dystopias, the authors of this book attempt to raise more fundamental questions. We ask, for example, how does design mediate people’s access to nature and control over resources? What kinds of futures – or who’s – do we assume, desire and determine by design? How are environmental experiences, risks and values made visible in everyday life? These questions were explored in a series of collaborative and experimental design processes carried out since 2008 by an international team of designers, artists, architects, computer and social scientists at the Interactive Institute in Sweden. Collectively authored, the book is a highly visual and reflective presentation of these processes. SWITCH! Design and everyday energy ecologies is edited by Ramia Mazé, with contributors Martin Avila, Jenny Bergström, Loove Broms, John Carpenter, Brendon Clark, Karin Ehrnberger, Alberto Frigo, Aude Messager, Johan Redström, Thomas Thwaites, Anna Vallgårda, Başar Önal, maoworks (Tobi Schneidler, Tom Ballhatchet and Solon Sasson), Olivia Jeczmyk and Bildinstitutet. Published by the Interactive Institute, the book is designed by Martin Frostner and Lisa Olausson at Medium. The book is published by the Interactive Institute.

Other Contributors:
OtherAvila, Martin
OtherBergström, Jenny
OtherBroms, Loove
OtherCarpenter, John
OtherClark, Brendon
OtherEhrnberger, Karin
OtherFrigo, Alberto
OtherMessager, Aude
OtherRedström, Johan
OtherVallgårda, Anna
OtherÖnal, Basar
OtherSchneidler, Tobi
OtherBallhatchet, Tom
OtherSasson, Solon
OtherJeczmyk, Olivia
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: design for sustainability, design methods, design theory, practice-based research, sustainable consumption, energy consumption, critical design, futures studies
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Interactive Institute
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Communication
Date: 2013
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2023 13:32
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2023 14:57
Item ID: 20607
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/20607

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