Response 4: sustainability futures and the future of sustainable HCI

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Sustainability, Bendor reminds us, is all about the future. So too is design. Somewhat surprisingly then, the field of sustainable HCI has adopted a narrow vision of the future, skirting around the “Big Questions” (Beck and Stolterman, 2017), and maintaining a “remarkable heterogeneity of methods, orientations, and approaches” (DiSalvo et al., 2010: 1975). Recurring and idealized sustainability characters or users, such as “Resource Man” (Strengers, 2013), sit alongside a common suite of ‘desirable’ and ‘helpful’ technologies (such as home automation, micro grids, and ecofeedback devices) expected to reorient societies towards a relatively predictable and known sustainable future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Technology and Sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationEngaging the Paradox
EditorsMike Hazas, Lisa P. Nathan
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781315465968
ISBN (Print)9781138205888
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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