Future: Designing for Sustainable Living
Event Date: October 28th, 2009
Green is the new black, but looking beyond
the hype of sustainability, we are still far from solving our two biggest
problems, Climate Change and Peak Oil. The urgency, complexity and shared
responsibility concerning sustainability are becoming increasingly clear,
hand-in-hand with the business benefits of going green. Companies are looking
for new niches and ways of thinking, but how can designers integrate
sustainable thinking into their business practices?
Interaction design can be leveraged in
addressing environmental sustainability issues. Sustainable interaction design
is an emerging field that positions the user as the central player in
sustainable systems. New research shows how sustainability and sustainable
behavior can be embedded and supported within the context of the home and
workplace in the short and long terms.
Technology holds both positive and
negative implications towards a sustainable future. Technology affords the
possibility to design intelligent, context-aware and interconnected products
beyond physical products that can adapt to user behaviors and desires over time.
Interaction designers can address sustainability and sustainable behavior from
a user centered perspective, from the starting point of users situated within
the context of their daily lives.