This talk maps out various directions in technologies for promoting the creation and maintenance for urban green space, including (but not limited to!) sensing, automatic irrigation, social networks, online maps, mobile phones. It discusses the various constraints people who want to work within green spaces have to deal with — inclement weather, lack of power, flaky upkeep, and vulnerability to theft.
It also discusses how assumptions about environmentalism, technology, nature, our relationship with living things shape the kinds of technologies people can and do make. In particular, it takes a close look at urban agriculture as a promising site for technology design through a discussion of an empirical study of urban green space volunteership. It concludes by using community gardeners to motivate some new technological directions for urban green space that put the emphasis less on automatic watering and more on deliberate living.
Elizabeth Goodman’s writing, design and research focus on the intersections of technology, the social sciences, and interaction design. Currently a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Information, Elizabeth studies the relationship between mobile technologies and the experience of place. Previously, she focused on mobile technology in health and wellness as a design researcher with Intel User Centered Design. Elizabeth was a visiting lecturer at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004, and has exhibited in New York, Paris, and San Francisco. She has an MPS in interaction design from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, as well as a BA in art from Yale University.
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