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Design thinking for the everyday aestheticisation of urban renewable energy
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7598-3310
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8992-9470
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3456-5889
2022 (English)In: Design Studies, ISSN 0142-694X, E-ISSN 1872-6909, Vol. 79, article id 101096Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Renewable energy infrastructures are becoming increasingly present in our environments, inevitably shaping the urban experiences of the everyday person as they move through the city. The profound impact these infrastructures have on social worlds has yet to be explored, with contemporary renewable energy discourse primarily focussing on the techno-economic. We argue for the everyday aestheticisation of renewable energy infrastructures, and how design thinking might offer a way forward in co-creating future meaningful experiences with renewable energy. We offer a collaborative design thinking workshop on the speculative experimentation of energy futures as a case study. The findings provide multi-scalar insights on exploring urban energy futures with citizen-designers – with aesthetics and lived experiences as central.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2022. Vol. 79, article id 101096
Keywords [en]
aesthetics, design thinking, renewable energy, collaborative design, urban design
National Category
Design
Research subject
Design; Architecture
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-89442DOI: 10.1016/j.destud.2022.101096ISI: 000779911600004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85125482983OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-89442DiVA, id: diva2:1642160
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Swedish Energy Agency, 46355-1
Note

Validerad;2022;Nivå 2;2022-03-03 (sofila)

Available from: 2022-03-04 Created: 2022-03-04 Last updated: 2022-12-18Bibliographically approved
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1. Solarscape: The power of humanity in designing solar imaginaries, entangled worlds, and critical sustainable futures
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Solarscape: The power of humanity in designing solar imaginaries, entangled worlds, and critical sustainable futures
2023 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Solarscape is a thesis on the phenomenology of the Solar – an experiential, relational, and critical approach to how humans and humanity world-with solar energy in its different forms and manifestations. Using solar panels as a central artefact of concern, I explore surrounding human and non-human relationships through situated individual and collaborative design practices: workshops, interviews, (auto)ethnography, to name a few. I offer six publications consisting of several qualitative design studies, compounding knowledge that deliberates on the thesis's main research question: How might the human experience play a role in the designing of situated solar futures? The thesis, composed through the poetics of knowledge production, culminates in a critical discussion of sustainable futures, the role of a solar designer, and ultimately, what it means to be human in the era of the Solar.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå University of Technology, 2023. p. 103
Series
Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
Keywords
design, architecture, solar energy, sustainability, socio-technical transition
National Category
Design Architecture Energy Systems
Research subject
Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-94889 (URN)978-91-8048-240-0 (ISBN)978-91-8048-241-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2023-02-24, A1123, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2022-12-19 Created: 2022-12-18 Last updated: 2023-05-22Bibliographically approved

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