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Attachments to nature : design and eco-emotion

Anusas, M. (2006) Attachments to nature : design and eco-emotion. In: Proceedings from the 5th Conference on Design and Emotion 2006. UNSPECIFIED. ISBN 91-975079-5-4

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with how technology influences people’s emotional attachments to nature. The paper proposes two theoretical works in progress: a model which shows how emotions are constructed through social, technological and ecological experience; and a framework which proposes ways in which technology influences the construction of emotional attachments to nature. The aim of these models and frameworks are to enable designers to reframe their perceptions of ecological issues and recognise the behavioural, cultural and social complexities. The paper also hopes to further the relevance of the design and emotion field to sustainable development. The paper emerges from an investigation into an anthropological approach to ecodesign, and one of the key aims of presenting the paper is to understand its relevance of this enquiry to the design and emotion field.