[ 3] My use of the
owed to M. Woolley’s
“Choreographing obsolescence - ecodesign:
the pleasure/ dissatisfaction cycle.” In Proc.
of DPPI ‘03 Designing
and Interfaces. New
York: ACM Press,
large and obsolescing technical footprint are examples of environmentally irresponsible design at the
best and cynically choreographed obsolescence[ 3]
at the worst.
As a design strategy from the perspective of
sustainability respective of the perspective of individual material success, I would suggest two things:
(i) build sustainable features into quality things; (ii)
promote the means of renewal and reuse by making upgrades and maintenance available to avoid
disposal and as an alternative to the need to acquire
These suggestions follow from the design principles in the perspective of sustainability in several
ways, including (i) the idea that providing the means
of renewal and reuse is an enterprise opportunity
that promotes sustainability by overcoming the link
between invention and disposal, and (ii) shifting
notions of the coupling of ownership and identity in
a way that makes the preservation and renewal of
old things just as fashionable and status-bearing, or
more so, than the acquisition of new ones.
The perspective of collective material success.
The perspective of collective material success is my
naming of acts that (i) are motivated by a preference
for new things over old ones, and (ii) that are specifically motivated by concerns about the environment
or other aspects of sustainability. The perspective
of collective material success treats nature as a collective resource and perhaps even a collective trust,
while still looking toward technology mediation as
the solution to issues of environmental sustainability.
I would say that when you have purchased things
specifically because they are “green,” then you have
acted according to the perspective of collective
material success. An alternative-fuel vehicle lets
you go on doing what you’ve always been doing—
more or less—while relying on new technologies to
make such actions more sustainable.
Most of the now pervasive press about the greening of IT describes new technologies and enterprise