SYMBIOTS: CONCEPTUAL INTERVENTIONS INTO URBAN ENERGY SYSTEMS

Jenny Bergström, Ramia Mazé, Johan Redström, Anna Vallgårda

Abstract


Symbiots set out to examine values such as ease-of-use, comfort, and rationality assumed within conventions of ‘good design’, in order to expose issues related to energy consumption and current human- (versus eco-) centered design paradigms. Exploring re-interpretations of graphical patterns, architectural configura- tions and electrical infrastructure typical in Swedish cities, Symbiots takes the form of a photo series in the genre of contemporary hy- per-real art photography. Painting a vivid pic- ture of alternatives to current local priorities around energy consumption, the three design concepts depicted are strangely familiar, al- ternatively humorous and sinister.


Keywords


Energy; Critical practice; Sustainable design

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