Drawing Energy

The European SuslabNWE study (2012-2015) saw 11 partners from Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and the UK come together to investigate energy use in the home. At the Royal College of Art, our work in partnership with SustainRCA looked at bringing together two practices ± that of inclusive design and environmental sustainability. Both often have different starting points, with inclusive design usually focusing on needs and capabilities at the domestic scale, and sustainability typically addressing large systemic change.

A major project output this year was a publication entitled Drawing Energy, based on a drawing-based research project to explore people's perceptions of energy. People were asked to write, draw or illustrate their thoughts and reactions to the question `What does energy look like?' More than 180 members of the public took part in the project. The study moves beyond the idea of measuring energy in a numerical way to explore how people relate to energy in a more visual or metaphorical way. The work represented in the book builds on a history of using drawing as a tool for research and as a way to enable people to fully express their ideas and imagination. The website: www.drawingenergy.com accompanies the book, which was published in July 2015.

See 2014 project here
See 2013 project here

Download Drawing Energy book PDF here

Interreg and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) logos
Interreg and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) logos

Senior Research Associate: Dan Lockton  

Research Associate: Flora Bowden

Research Partners: Interreg NWE Programme and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

RCA Department: SustainRCA

Project Period: 2012 - 2015