3Ecologies paper accepted for publication

12 August, 2010 - 19:18

3Ecologies will be featured at the conference Sustainabilty in Design: Now! and in the conference proceedings to be published by Greenleaf. The conference is organized by the LeNS project, funded by the EU Asia Link programme, and will take place between 29 Sept and 1 Oct in Bangalore, India. 

Paper abstract

3Ecologies makes visible factors affecting the sustainability of consumer products. Within engineering and economics, there are a variety of models for analyzing and ‘predicting’ the environmental factors such as energy, emissions and waste involved during production, consumption and disposal. We develop an expanded model, which emphasizes human impact and choices as well as potential consequences and futures. Psychological, sociological and environmental factors are mapped over time – throughout the lifespan (production, purchase, use, and disposal) and the extended lifecycle(s) of products. Case studies of familiar products in everyday life are developed to demonstrate the conceptual model, and three applications are proposed to reach designers, consumers and the general public. 3Ecologies uses diagrams and narratives to visualize the history and possible futures of products, including natural disintegration, active recycling and unexpected adaptations – an alternative view upon the ‘life’ of things that we might ordinarily take for granted. 

The paper is co-authored by Martin Avila (School of Crafts and Design at Gothenburg University, Sweden), John Carpenter (artist and designer, USA), and Ramia Mazé. At the Interactive Institute, 3Ecologies has been part of the design research programs Switch! and Forms of Sustainability, and has received funding through Iaspis / Swedish Arts Grants Committee (Konstnärsnämden).