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The Lions' Gate: Towards a Permaculture-inspired Blended Space

Egan, Callum; Thompson, Richard; O'Dowd, Andrew


Richard Thompson

Andrew O'Dowd


In light of the devastating ecological effects of climate breakdown and with human well-being under severe stress, this paper presents The Lions' Gate-an in-development, urban, interactive permaculture project on-campus in Edinburgh, Scotland. We argue that to address limits to computing, a radical framework is needed. We position permaculture as an alternative to the economic growth model, and it's associated temporal controls. Our work is an attempt at shifting our thinking and doing by employing a blended spaces perspective to permaculture, university campuses and digital media. By starting from a permaculture view we have the ecological and ethical tools to practice alternatives to growth. As far as Sustainable Interaction Design (SiD) is concerned-in today's climate, actions must ultimately speak louder than words.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name Computing Within Limits - ICT4Sustainability
Start Date Jun 9, 2019
End Date Jun 14, 2019
Acceptance Date Mar 30, 2019
Online Publication Date Jun 16, 2019
Publication Date 2019
Deposit Date Jul 10, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jul 11, 2019
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
ISBN 9781450372817
Keywords permaculture; blended spaces; sustainability
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Contract Date Jul 10, 2019


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