Symbiots: Conceptual Interventions Into Urban Energy Systems

Jenny Bergström, Ramia Mazé, Johan Redströmand, Anna K. A. Vallgårda

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Symbiots set out to examine values such as ease-of-use, comfort, and rationality assumed within conventions of ‘good design’, in order to expose issues related to energy consumption and current human- (versus eco-) centered design paradigms. Exploring re-interpretations of graphical patterns, architectural configura- tions and electrical infrastructure typical in Swedish cities, Symbiots takes the form of a photo series in the genre of contemporary hy- per-real art photography. Painting a vivid pic- ture of alternatives to current local priorities around energy consumption, the three design concepts depicted are strangely familiar, al- ternatively humorous and sinister.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordic Design Research Conference : Engaging Artifacts
Number of pages10
Publication date2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventNordic Design Research Conference 2009: Engaging Artifacts - Oslo, Norway
Duration: 30 Aug 20091 Sept 2009


ConferenceNordic Design Research Conference 2009: Engaging Artifacts


  • ease-of-use
  • comfort
  • rationality
  • energy consumption
  • human-centered design
  • eco-centered design
  • graphical patterns
  • architectural configurations
  • hyper-real art photography
  • design concepts


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