Design and Everyday Energy Ecologies by Switch!

By Switch!

There is not any unmarried solution to the query of ways humans may still dwell nor any silver bullet to unravel present ecological difficulties - and but, we needs to search new how one can imagine and act in gentle of rising environmental demanding situations. Given the facility of layout to persuade shopper and societal values, its position needs to be puzzled and renewed in terms of present problematics of mass-production and (over)consumption.
Switch! develops layout artifacts and techniques to persuade perceptions and values round strength use in daily life. in the collaborative layout learn application, a conceptual and sensible inquiry excited about serious interventions into sustainable layout discourse.

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By Switch!

There is not any unmarried solution to the query of ways humans may still dwell nor any silver bullet to unravel present ecological difficulties - and but, we needs to search new how one can imagine and act in gentle of rising environmental demanding situations. Given the facility of layout to persuade shopper and societal values, its position needs to be puzzled and renewed in terms of present problematics of mass-production and (over)consumption.
Switch! develops layout artifacts and techniques to persuade perceptions and values round strength use in daily life. in the collaborative layout learn application, a conceptual and sensible inquiry excited about serious interventions into sustainable layout discourse.

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Listening, the visitors unpack the suitcase, opening envelopes and spreading out the artifacts. They watch the YouTube videos and browse entries on Wikipedia. Further descriptions are provided in a booklet that refers to the numbered artifacts. Sometimes, these conflict with the personal account given over the phone; open-ended questions are inserted here and there as provocations. Visitors read different parts of the material out loud to one another and interpret things in different ways, occasionally erupting into a sort of improvised debate.

The gallery is empty and bare — but drinks are served, visitors begin to gather and meet. By invitation only, the visitors include designers, architects, educators, engineers and historians. After some time, they begin to look around for the organizers, to wonder whether this is, in fact, an opening at all. A mobile phone rings — someone excuses themselves from a conversation to answer. Suddenly, everyone is reaching for their ringing or vibrating phone — they answer, and all of them hear the same greeting.

48 The project started with the development of two basic conceptual models, which can be applied to analyze, communicate and forecast discrete factors impacting upon the sustainability of a given artifact. The first is based on the cyclical model common in ‘lifecycle assessment’ and ‘cradle-to-grave’ thinking. This model plots key points along the path typically followed by a consumer product, from material sources in nature and agriculture, to parts and product manufacture, to retail and consumer choices at the point-of-purchase, to events throughout the use and lifespan of a product, to the multiple options at the point of disposal.

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