EPIC2019 Panel, Providence, Rhode Island
DAN LOCKTON, Director of the Imaginaries Lab & Chair of Design Studies, Carnegie Mellon University
MAKALÉ FABER CULLEN, Urban Soils Fellow, Anthropocene, Urban Soils Institute
GYORGYI GALIK, Lead Advisor, Architecture and Built Environment Team, Design Council; Royal College of Art
MIKE YOUNGBLOOD, Principal, Youngblood Group
What are ethnographers’ roles in dealing with catastrophic climate crisis? Should we be exploring people’s experiences of change, trying to use our insights to help drive individual and collective action at scale through organizations, or helping civil society deal with the consequences? In this diverse set of presentations, panelists share ethnographic and design approaches to climate that engage communities, products, policy, artists, activists, and more. They examine tensions, responsibilities, and value that ethnographic practice can bring to one of the biggest issues for our collective futures....
DAN LOCKTON, FLORA BOWDEN, CATHERINE GREENE, CLARE BRASS and RAMA GHEERAWO
Reducing home energy use is a major societal challenge, involving behaviour change alongside infrastructure improvements. However, many approaches lump ‘energy demand’ together as something homogeneous, addressable primarily through quantitative feedback, rather than basing interventions on an understanding of why people use energy as they do. Our contention is that people don’t set out to ‘use energy’: its use is a side effect of solving everyday problems, meeting needs for comfort, light, cooking, cleaning, entertainment, and so on....