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In this paper we provide a critical analysis of persuasive sustainability research from 2009-2011. Drawing on critical sociological theory of modernism, we argue that persuasion is based on a limited framing of sustainability, human behavior, and their interrelationship. This makes supporting sustainability easier, but leads to characteristic patterns of(More)
Eco-visualizations (EVs) are any kind of interactive device targeted at revealing energy use in order to promote sustainable behaviours or foster positive attitudes towards sustainable practices. There are some interesting, informative, highly creative, and delightful EVs now available. This paper provides a critical survey of several noteworthy EVs and(More)
Motivated by a recent surge of research related to energy and sustainability, this paper presents a review of energy-related work within HCI as well as from literature outside of HCI. Our review of energy-related HCI research identifies a central cluster of work focused on electricity consumption feedback (ECF). Our review of literature outside of HCI(More)
The term 'critical design' is on the upswing in HCI. We analyze how discourses around 'critical design' are diverging in Design and HCI. We argue that this divergence undermines HCI's ability to learn from and appropriate the design approaches signaled by this term. Instead, we articulate two ways to broaden and deepen connections between Design and HCI:(More)
The formation of coenzyme A thioesters from long-chain fatty acids represents a metabolic branch point. We have isolated, cloned and sequenced a long-chain fatty acyl CoA synthetase (LCFACoAS) that is localized to the endothelium of rabbit heart and aorta. Immunofluoresence and in situ hybridization studies show intense staining of the intimal layer of the(More)
This paper presents findings from a qualitative study of people's everyday interactions with energy-consuming products and systems in the home. Initial results from a large online survey are also considered. This research focuses not only on "conservation behavior" but importantly investigates interactions with technology that may be characterized as(More)
This paper proposes and investigates the area of <i>local energy</i> for interactive systems design. We characterize local energy in terms of three themes: contextuality, seasonality, and visibility/tangibility. Here we focus on two specific local energy technologies domestic, electrical generation from wind and solar. In order to investigate this area we(More)
Drawing on existing design approaches, this paper argues for the experiential desirability and critical importance--in terms of environmental sustainability--of designing for reflection on everyday material things themselves. This paper motivates and proposes a material awareness design approach, further drawing on developments from philosophy of technology(More)
This study explores people's relationships with digital and non-digital objects in the home--with an eye toward the ways in which products improve rather than deteriorate over time--and how this knowledge might inform the design of more enduring and sustainable interactive products. We report our research in progress and provide a collection of initial(More)