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Three Environmental Discourses
in Human-Computer Interaction
UC Berkeley School of Information
Plants + use
• What is “nature”?
• Which phenomena
• How does that effect
our design decisions?
A discourse: a shared approach to
understanding the world, produced
Peer-reviewed Journal articles
through rhetoric. 52
NSF grant abstracts 5
Assembling a collection Project Project websites 19
Magazine articles 2
Workshop Calls for proposals 6
Reading for proceedings
Position papers 36
Naming and metaphors
Assumptions and gaps
Citations and debates
A growing research agenda?
Numbers of documents
1997 1998 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
workshop proposal conference paper grant proposal journal paper magazine article project website workshop position paper
interaction design consumption
Peopleas Consumers Civic actors
Environment as Footprint Landscape Exposure
Action as Free choice Practice Participation
Goals as Behavior change Reflection Public action
1 5 8
2 3 9
Sustainable interaction design Re-visioning consumption Citizen sensing
Persuasive applications Representing dialogues Maps of sensor data
Nathan, L.P. Ecovillages, values, and interactive⑧
① Miyaki, T. and Rekimoto, J.Sensonomy: Envisioning
Chen et al. Live Sustainability: A System for Persuading Users
folksonomic urban sensing.
toward Environmental Sustainability. technology: balancing sustainability with daily life
in 21st century America Steed,A., et al. e-Science in the Streets: Urban Pollution
② Bang, M., Gustafsson, A. and Katzeff, C. Promoting New
Patterns in Household Energy Consumption with Pervasive⑥ Bidwell, N.J. and Browning, D. Making there:
methods to uncover egocentric experience in a⑩
Learning Games Paulos, E. , Smith, I., and Honicky , R.J.Participatory Ubanism.
dialogic of natural places.
③ Aleahmad, A. et al. Fishing for sustainability: the effects of
indirect and direct persuasion. ⑦ Nugent L. et al., How Do You Say Nature?:
Opening the Design Space with a Knowledge
④ Dillahunt, T. et al. Motivating Environmentally Sustainable
Behavior Changes with a Virtual Polar Bear.
Approaching “the environment” as an
unsettled, local question
Negotiating the ethics of intervention
Beyond human-centered computing
Grappling with institutions and regulatory regimes
Forming new partnerships with new demands
To protect the nature that is all around us,
we must think long and hard about the
nature we carry around inside our heads.