Wanting to live here: design after anthropocentric functionalism

Bardzell, Jeffrey, Bardzell, Shaowen and Light, Ann (2021) Wanting to live here: design after anthropocentric functionalism. CHI '21: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Yokohama, Japan, May 08-13, 2021. Published in: Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.. 1-24. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA. ISBN 9781450380966

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Design research has recently turned to theoretical perspectives, including care ethics and posthumanism, to counter the industrial processes that have led to climate crisis. As design theorists and ethnographers of interaction, we researched experimental eco-farming in a community that shared many of these theoretical and ideological commitments. Our goal was not to offer an account of use and provide design implications in support of it. Instead, we chose to identify concrete practices and artifacts that embody the sorts of industrial transformations that we are seeking—even if they are manifest in an imperfect or partial form. We encountered practices focused on community building, local resilience to climate disruptions, experiments in eco-farming, economic survival, and attracting the next generation. One interlocutor translated these concerns into a simple binary, asking, “do we want to live here?” This paper contributes to a design research agenda that might (eventually) provide an affirmative answer.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Keywords: farming, design theory, climate, sustainability, care ethics, place, emplacement, transformation, futures, HCI theory
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Research Centres and Groups: Creative Technology
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2021 12:08
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2021 09:01
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/101707

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