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Hesselgren, M., Eriksson, E., Wangel, J. & Broms, L. (2018). Exploring Lost and Found in Future Images of Energy Transitions: Towards a Bridging practice of Provoking and Affirming Design. In: DRS2018: Catalyst. Paper presented at Design Research Society 2018, University of Limerick, 25th-28th June 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring Lost and Found in Future Images of Energy Transitions: Towards a Bridging practice of Provoking and Affirming Design
2018 (English)In: DRS2018: Catalyst, 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We need to transition our society in a more sustainable direction, for example through enormous cuts in carbon emissions. Yet this future is hard to envision and work towards. In this project, with a transition design posture, we have designed tools that we believe can be useful to initiate dialogues and reflections for the future. In particular we are interested in using the bridging between provocative and affirmative design as a way to explore and articulate what people see as the lost and found of such a transition. In this paper, we present a study where we used a practice lens to address one possible low carbon future through a provocation workshop. We present our methodology, the tentative tools we used during the workshop and the experiences as expressed by the workshop participants.

National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-241904 (URN)10.21606/dma.2017.324 (DOI)
Conference
Design Research Society 2018, University of Limerick, 25th-28th June 2018
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency
Note

QC 20190130

Available from: 2019-01-25 Created: 2019-01-25 Last updated: 2019-01-30Bibliographically approved
Lind, J., Malmqvist, T., Wangel, J. & Belkert, A.-K. (2017). Citylab Action: Guiding Sustainable Urban Development. In: Conference Proceedings - World Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017 Hong Kong: . Paper presented at World Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017 Hong Kong. Hongkong
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Citylab Action: Guiding Sustainable Urban Development
2017 (English)In: Conference Proceedings - World Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017 Hong Kong, Hongkong, 2017Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hongkong: , 2017
National Category
Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-235743 (URN)
Conference
World Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017 Hong Kong
Note

QC 20181010

Available from: 2018-10-03 Created: 2018-10-03 Last updated: 2018-10-10Bibliographically approved
Broms, L., Wangel, J. & Andersson, C. (2017). Sensing energy: Forming stories through speculative design artefacts. Energy Research & Social Science, 31, 194-204
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sensing energy: Forming stories through speculative design artefacts
2017 (English)In: Energy Research & Social Science, ISSN 2214-6296, E-ISSN 2214-6326, Vol. 31, p. 194-204Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The artificial world is part of an on-going negotiation of meaning, manifesting in social practice. From a sustainability perspective it is thus important to critically examine what norms are imprinted into the artificial, as well as to imagine, materialize and suggest artefacts that could afford more sustainable stories and practices to form. The project Sensing Energy is an attempt to explore how design could contribute to a re-imagination of everyday life and society, as well as what imaginaries (artefacts and related stories) could come out of such an endeavour. A critical and speculative design programme comprising the three leitmotifs Natureculture, Microsizing modernity, and Focal things and practices, provided a frame and foundation for a series of design experiments. The resulting artefacts were presented at two different workshops in which participants were asked to form stories that integrated one or more of the design experiments into their everyday life. Based on the material from the workshops we can conclude that the design experiments worked well as parts of or catalysts for new stories of the everyday.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, 2017
Keywords
Speculative design, Critical design, Story, Sustainable urban development, Albano
National Category
Computer and Information Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-217954 (URN)10.1016/j.erss.2017.06.025 (DOI)000414329700022 ()2-s2.0-85021334115 (Scopus ID)
Note

QC 20171121

Available from: 2017-11-21 Created: 2017-11-21 Last updated: 2018-05-03Bibliographically approved
Wangel, J., Broms, L., Eriksson, E., Hesselgren, M., Kanulf, G. & Ljunggren, A. (2017). Vitiden: en energifiktion. Published by authors
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Vitiden: en energifiktion
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2017 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Vi måste acceptera den föreliggande verkligheten – endast därigenom har vi utsikt att förstå den, att relatera till den för att påverka den och skapa kultur som är ett smidigt redskap för omställningen.

Så inleds Vitiden – en energifiktion där övergången till ett mer hållbart samhälle utforskas i ett samspel mellan text och bild. I det framåtsyftande manifestet skissas Vitiden upp som ett svar på dagens ekologiska och sociala utmaningar. Manifestets höga tonläge och ambitioner kommenteras av en bildburen framtidsarkeologi, uppbyggd kring fiktiva fragment från framtiden. Infällda bilder ur acceptera-manifestet1, vilket även parafraseras i Vitidens inledande stycke, sätter energifiktionen i relation till det modernistiska samhällsbygget och kritiken därav. En generös notapparat bidrar med ytterligare perspektiv.

Vitiden utforskar hur ett energi- och klimatmässigt hållbart Sverige skulle kunna te sig, med fokus på vardagslivets praktiker. Bokens titel Vitiden pekar på ett framtida samhälle där det gemensamma är centralt, och energi är en högt värderad resurs. Vitiden är baserad på ett av Energimyndighetens scenarion (Legato) ur framtidsstudien "Fyra framtider: energisystemet efter 2020".

Vitidens syfte är att bjuda in till samtal, reflektion och diskussion om hur vårt samhälle kan organiseras för att klimatmålen ska nås. Genom en kombination av text och bild skapas en komplex bild av omställningen som ger utrymme för såväl moraliska ställningstaganden, utopiska drömmar och vardagstristess.Vitiden är uppbyggd av fyra huvudsakliga delar:

  1. Ett manifest, där vi ger scenariot Legato röst att tala om behovet av omställning i relation till fyra vardagspraktiker "Vi bor", "Vi äter", "Vi reser" och "Vi arbetar och har fritid".
  2. En framtidsarkeologi, som representerar hur samhället och vardagslivet skulle kunna te sig om Legato infrias.
  3. Inklippta bilder ur acceptera-manifestet som publicerades 1931, och som manade på funktionalismens och modernismens genombrott i Sverige. Denna omställning är av samma magnitud som den vi nu står inför, varför en samläsning av Legato och acceptera är intressant.
  4. En notapparat där vi forskare kommenterar manifestet genom att hänvisa till forskning samt en liten dos poesi.

Vitiden är utvecklad av forskare vid Green Leap, KTH tillsammans med grafiska formgivare och illustratörer. Projektet är finansierat av Energimyndigheten.

1 Asplund, G., Gahn, W., Markelius, S., Paulsson, G., Sundahl, E., Åhrén, U. 1980[1931] acceptera. Tiden förlag. Faksimil.

Abstract [en]

We must accept the present reality – only thereby do we have the possibility to understand it, relate to it to influence it and create culture that is a flexible tool for the transition.

This is the opening paragraph of "Vitiden - an energy fiction"1 where the transition to a more sustainable society is explored through interacting text and image. In the forward-looking and text-based manifesto, Vitiden is outlined as an answer to today's ecological and social challenges. The high pitch and ambitions of the manifesto are commented on by an image-based future archaeology, constructed by fictional fragments of the future. Inset images from the acceptera manifesto2, which is also paraphrased in the introductory paragraph of Vitiden, relates the energy fiction to the modernist societal development and the critique thereof. A generous body of annotations contributes with further perspectives.

1) The term Vitiden is Swedish and can be translated to the 'we-age'. In contrast to other 'ages' such as the bronze age or the atom age, Vitiden is not a description of a historical era, but a suggested future, an age yet to come, distinguished by its emphasis on togetherness.

1An energy fiction is a design fiction or essentially any image of the future dealing primarily with questions related to energy, in this case as an enabling and constraining factor for sociomaterial entanglements and practices to emerge and endure.

2Asplund, G., Gahn, W., Markelius, S., Paulsson, G., Sundahl, E., Åhrén, U. 1980[1931] acceptera. Tiden förlag. Faksimil.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Published by authors, 2017. p. 122
Keywords
design research, design fiction, scenario, energy system, energy use, everyday life, acceptera, designforskning, designfiktion, scenario, energisystem, energianvändning, vardagsliv, acceptera
National Category
Design Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Art, Technology and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-217792 (URN)978-91-7729-538-9 (ISBN)
Projects
Empowering Energy Futures
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency
Note

QC 20171117

Available from: 2017-11-16 Created: 2017-11-16 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Wangel, J., Wallhagen, M., Malmqvist, T. & Finnveden, G. (2016). Certification systems for sustainable neighbourhoods: What do they really certify?. Environmental impact assessment review, 56, 200-213
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Certification systems for sustainable neighbourhoods: What do they really certify?
2016 (English)In: Environmental impact assessment review, ISSN 0195-9255, E-ISSN 1873-6432, Vol. 56, p. 200-213Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Certification systems for sustainable neighbourhoods started to emerge around a decade ago. This study analysed the content, structure, weighting and indicators of two established certification systems for sustainable urban development - BREEAM Communities and LEED for Neighborhood Development. Several limitations of these systems were identified: both have a bias for procedure and feature indicators over indicators that assess actual performance; performance demands are set according to a relative understanding of sustainable development; the focus is on internal sustainability, while upstream and downstream impacts of construction are disregarded; the number and distribution of mandatory issues do not cover essential sustainability aspects; and the disproportionately large number of non-mandatory issues makes benchmarking difficult and signals that sustainability aspects are exchangeable. Altogether, this means that an area can be certified without being sustainable. Moreover, the lack of continuous development of certification requirements in the systems means that they risk exerting a conservative effect on urban development, rather than pushing it forward.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2016
Keywords
Assessment, BREEAM, Certification, Indicators, LEED, Sustainable neighbourhood, Sustainable urban development
National Category
Environmental Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-181461 (URN)10.1016/j.eiar.2015.10.003 (DOI)000368044600020 ()2-s2.0-84946600419 (Scopus ID)
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QC 20160203

Available from: 2016-02-03 Created: 2016-02-02 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
Tenggren, S., Wangel, J., Nilsson, M. & Nykvist, B. (2016). Transmission transitions: Barriers, drivers, and institutional governance implications of Nordic transmission grid development. Energy Research & Social Science, 19, 148-157
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Transmission transitions: Barriers, drivers, and institutional governance implications of Nordic transmission grid development
2016 (English)In: Energy Research & Social Science, ISSN 2214-6296, E-ISSN 2214-6326, Vol. 19, p. 148-157Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Transmission grid development is key for the decarbonization of our energy systems, but has not been much addressed within the social sciences of energy studies. This paper addresses this gap and examines institutional barriers for developing the grid towards a decarbonized Nordic power system by 2050. The analysis focuses on current grid development practices from an institutional perspective to understand barriers and drivers to grid development for the case of Sweden. The results show that the transmission grid development regime is generally capable of implementing the grid investments needed to support a decarbonized Nordic power system, but that there are a few key barriers that need to be addressed. From this analysis we deduce possible governance options that could alleviate the barriers, enabling the development of the transmission grid that is needed for the Nordic power grid to become decarbonized by 2050.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2016
Keywords
Renewable, Decarbonization, Multilevel perspective, MLP, Nordic power systems, European integration, Governance
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-192385 (URN)10.1016/j.erss.2016.06.004 (DOI)000381640400016 ()2-s2.0-84976464993 (Scopus ID)
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QC 20160913

Available from: 2016-09-13 Created: 2016-09-12 Last updated: 2017-11-21Bibliographically approved
Börjesson Rivera, M., Eriksson, E. & Wangel, J. (2015). ICT practices in smart sustainable cities: In the intersection of technological solutions and practices of everyday life. In: Vivian Kvist Johannsen, Stefan Jensen, Volker Wohlgemuth, Chris Preist, Elina Eriksson (Ed.), Proceedings of EnviroInfo and ICT for Sustainability 2015: Building the knowledge base for environmental action and sustainability. Paper presented at EnviroInfo & ICT4S (pp. 317-324). Copenhagen: Atlantis Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>ICT practices in smart sustainable cities: In the intersection of technological solutions and practices of everyday life
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of EnviroInfo and ICT for Sustainability 2015: Building the knowledge base for environmental action and sustainability / [ed] Vivian Kvist Johannsen, Stefan Jensen, Volker Wohlgemuth, Chris Preist, Elina Eriksson, Copenhagen: Atlantis Press , 2015, p. 317-324Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

ICT, information and communications technology,has radically transformed our world and is now an inextricable partof what it means to live a normal life as a citizen, at least in highincomecountries. This has led to a situation where ICT has becomeso taken for granted that it has lost its visibility. While thisdevelopment to a large extent has been driven by businessopportunities, there is now also an increasing recognition of ICT as apossible solution to sustainability problems. There are however twomajor pitfalls of using ICT as a tool for sustainability that need to beaddressed for its potentials to be realized. The first pitfall isenvironmental impacts of ICT, as well as the risk of lock-in effectsand an increasing vulnerability. The second pitfall concerns theunderstanding of ICT as a neutral solution, rather than recognizingthat ICT, as all technology, carries implicit values. Taken together,these two pitfalls imply a need for replacing the atomized and technobiasedunderstandings of ICT with an approach that recognize thelarger socio-material, political and economic structure in which ICTis (thought to be) part. With the aim of contributing to such a shift,this paper proposes a practice-oriented perspective in order toexplore the potential of ICT to contribute to sustainability, using thesmart sustainable city discourse as our example. We define theconcept ICT practices and discuss it from an interdisciplinaryperspective and in relation to the sustainable smart city. We arguethat by using ICT practices as a conceptual starting-point foranalysis, both the technological and the socio-cultural components ofthe smart sustainable city discourse can become elicited, enabling amore explicit analysis of what assumptions this discourse rests on.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Copenhagen: Atlantis Press, 2015
Series
ACSR: Advances in Computer Science Research, ISSN 2352-538x ; 22
Keywords
Social Practice Theory, ICT practices, Sustainability, Sustainable Smart Cities, HCI, Sustainable practices
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-173604 (URN)10.2991/ict4s-env-15.2015.36 (DOI)000365044700036 ()978-94-62520-92-9 (ISBN)
Conference
EnviroInfo & ICT4S
Funder
VINNOVA
Note

QC 20150915

Available from: 2015-09-15 Created: 2015-09-15 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
Höjer, M. & Wangel, J. (2015). Smart sustainable cities: definition and challenges. In: ICT Innovations for Sustainability: (pp. 333-349). Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Smart sustainable cities: definition and challenges
2015 (English)In: ICT Innovations for Sustainability, Springer, 2015, p. 333-349Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter, we investigate the concept of Smart Sustainable Cities. We begin with five major developments of the last decades and show how they can be said to build a basis for the Smart Sustainable Cities concept. We argue that for the concept to have any useful meaning, it needs to be more strictly defined than it has previously been. We suggest such a definition and bring up some of the concept’s more crucial challenges.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2015
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-149264 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-09228-7_20 (DOI)2-s2.0-84927610783 (Scopus ID)978-3-319-09227-0 (ISBN)
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QC 20150416

Available from: 2014-08-18 Created: 2014-08-18 Last updated: 2019-02-27Bibliographically approved
Katzeff, C. & Wangel, J. (2015). Social practices, households, and design in the smart grid. In: ICT Innovations for Sustainability: (pp. 351-365). Springer International Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Social practices, households, and design in the smart grid
2015 (English)In: ICT Innovations for Sustainability, Springer International Publishing , 2015, p. 351-365Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Considerable effort is put into the design and development of cleaner and more efficient energy systems. In this paper, we describe the problems arising when these systems are designed from a top-down technological perspective and when much development fails to account for the complex processes involved since people and their practices are key parts of transitioning to new systems. The transition to a smart grid not only demands new technologies, but is also fundamentally dependent on households taking on a role as co-managers of the energy system. The chapter illustrates how the emerging research field of “sustainable interaction design” may play a role in supporting these roles and in shaping sustainable practices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer International Publishing, 2015
Series
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, ISSN 2194-5357 ; 310
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-149266 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-09228-7_21 (DOI)2-s2.0-84927624858 (Scopus ID)978-3-319-09227-0 (ISBN)978-3-319-09228-7 (ISBN)
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QC 20150327

Available from: 2014-08-18 Created: 2014-08-18 Last updated: 2015-03-27Bibliographically approved
Ilstedt, S. & Wangel, J. (2014). Altering expectations: How design fictions and backcasting can leverage sustainable lifestyles. In: Proceedings from DRS (Design Research Society) 2014: Design's Big Debates - Pushing the Boundaries of Design Research. Paper presented at DRS (Design Research Society) 2014: Design's Big Debates - Pushing the Boundaries of Design Research. Umeå, Sweden, June 16-19 2014.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Altering expectations: How design fictions and backcasting can leverage sustainable lifestyles
2014 (English)In: Proceedings from DRS (Design Research Society) 2014: Design's Big Debates - Pushing the Boundaries of Design Research, 2014Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Sustainable development calls for fundamental societal changes. Technological development alone won’t suffice; in order to reach sustainable development objectives there is a need to rethink the way we live our lives. Sustainable lifestyles are today however often depicted through a sacrifice-based cultural narrative, in which losses, rather than gains stand in focus. The paper takes its starting point in recognizing that the future is open and possible to influence, but also that (ideas about) the future influences present decisions. These ideas, or expectations, about the future thus provide an opportunity for intervention. Through presenting concrete and positive representations of what a sustainable future might imply in terms of everyday life, the expectations for such a future might be altered. This paper aims to explore how design fiction and backcasting can be used to alter expectations regarding sustainable lifestyles, through creating concrete and engaging visions of everyday life in a sustainable future. The paper also presents a project based on this approach as well as some early findings from this.

Keywords
sustainable lifestyles, design fiction, backcasting, expectations, sustainable design
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-150713 (URN)
Conference
DRS (Design Research Society) 2014: Design's Big Debates - Pushing the Boundaries of Design Research. Umeå, Sweden, June 16-19 2014
Projects
Prototyping the Future
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency
Note

Qc 20140910

Available from: 2014-09-08 Created: 2014-09-08 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved
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