All posts filed under “Environmental

Climate Pathways: Exhibition, November 22–23

Climate Pathways: Exhibition, November 22–23

We’d like to invite you to Climate Pathways, an exhibition of projects from the Imaginaries Lab‘s fall 2019 studio elective at Carnegie Mellon, Research Through Design. Download the catalog of projects Friday November 22, 5.30pm–7.30pm: Exhibition opening and project demos Saturday November 23, 10.00am–5.00pm: Exhibition […]

Thinking About Things That Think About How We Think

Thinking About Things That Think About How We Think

We often hear the phrase ‘intelligent environments’ used to describe spaces in which technology is embedded, in the form of sensors, displays, and computational ability. This might be related to Internet of Things, conversational interfaces or emerging forms of artificial intelligence. But what does ‘intelligence’ […]

Environments Studio: Materializing the Invisible

Environments Studio: Materializing the Invisible

In Materializing the Invisible, we considered invisible and intangible phenomena—the systems, constructs, relationships, infrastructures, backends and other entities, physical and conceptual, which comprise or influence much of our experience of, and interaction with, environments both physical and digital. ‘The invisible’ here is potentially everything from […]

Environments Studio: Design, Behavior and Social Interaction

Environments Studio: Design, Behavior and Social Interaction

Jasper Tom investigated patterns of people’s behavior in Pittsburgh’s Greyhound Bus Station  In this short introductory unit, we looked at ways in which the design of environments, and features within them, affects people’s behavior and interaction with each other. Design influences what people do, but […]

What does energy look like? Drawing Energy book now available

What does energy look like? Drawing Energy book now available

Last year, Flora Bowden blogged about our investigation of people’s perceptions of ‘energy’—how do people visualise, or think about, what is for the most part an abstract, invisible concept? A book detailing our research, Drawing Energy, is now available to download or order: Bowden, F., Lockton, D., Gheerawo, R. and Brass, C. (2015). Drawing Energy: […]

Introducing The Story Machine: Part 1

Introducing The Story Machine: Part 1

Friction in integrating digital storytelling into community activities For some community groups, the use of technology and digital media is built into the work they do—for example, the Wards Corner Community Coalition‘s very successful use of Stickyworld and social media to tell their story, integrated into the organisation of a whole range of community events. […]

Introducing Powerchord (Blackbird edition)

Introducing Powerchord (Blackbird edition)

Powerchord 1, housed in a Poundland lunchbox. In the video, you see a laptop (~40W) being plugged in, with, from 10 seconds, the Powerchord kicking in with relatively gentle blackbird song. (The initial very quiet birdsong at 4-8 seconds is actual blackbirds singing in the […]

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Designing with people in sustainability and behaviour change research: DRS 2014 Workshop, 15 June 2014

Designing with people in sustainability and behaviour change research: DRS 2014 Workshop, 15 June 2014

On 15 June, at the 2014 Design Research Society conference in Umeå, Sweden, we will be running a workshop on Designing with people in sustainability and behaviour change research along with SusLab project colleagues from Chalmers University of Technology and the Wuppertal Institute. This full-day workshop should be of interest to designers and researchers working at intersections […]

Guest post at Ethnography Matters

Guest post at Ethnography Matters

Over at the excellent Ethnography Matters we have an invited guest post about SusLab, explaining the RCA’s work on the project so far through from an ethnographic perspective. From the conclusion: …we hope to demonstrate, in the context of the wider political, academic and commercial debate over energy and behaviour change, what it means to […]

What’s the future of the UK’s energy? 12 February

What’s the future of the UK’s energy? 12 February

On Wednesday, 12 February, we’ll be presenting our work on SusLab so far as part of What’s the future of the UK’s energy?, the next event in the RCA’s Sustain talks series, alongside some big names in sustainability policy and design. By 2050, we could get all the energy we want from safe and clean […]