Designing for cohabitation: Naturecultures, hybrids, and decentering the human in design

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    Abstract

    Recent research in urban informatics has presented the city as both a complex technological center and a diverse cultural, social, and political entity. However, there has been little research into the changing role that nature plays in urban space, particularly when it comes to understanding how animals have adapted to life in technological and networked cities. In the wake of urbanization, new kinds of cohabitation, including increased interactions between humans and animals, has resulted in new challenges for those working in urban informatics. We leverage key concepts in the Anthropocene - naturecultures, hybrids, and decentering the human in design - to unpack the entanglements of animal-human-computer interaction in two design cases: The Big Cat Behavioral Tracking Initiative and The Phenology Clock. We contribute to urban informatics and HCI research by reflecting on ways in which design can promote new forms of cohabitation and support a broader conception of the city that sees animals as an essential part of the urban landscape.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationCHI 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Subtitle of host publicationExplore, Innovate, Inspire
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Pages1714-1725
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450346559
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 2 2017
    Event2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2017 - Denver, United States
    Duration: May 6 2017May 11 2017

    Publication series

    NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
    Volume2017-May

    Other

    Other2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2017
    CountryUnited States
    CityDenver
    Period5/6/175/11/17

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Software
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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