Materializing Energy

The potential emergence of new sociotechnical energy regimes—including decentralized modes of energy production and consumption, e.g., small-scale wind and solar energy systems—present critical design challenges and opportunities with respect to how we generate, store, distribute and consume energy within our everyday urban and domestic environments. This research is focused on exploring new ways of experiencing and interacting with and through energy in these everyday contexts—and how such explorations might contribute to the re-design of our currently unsustainable material environments. A central question guiding this work is: can we design to promote new forms of emotional engagement with and attachment to energy?