Towards Sustainable Living

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The availability of technologies in our living environment offers a new
approach to the study of the interaction between people and the built environment
in the context of living labs. The living lab scenario can be viewed as a concertino
of action as it unfolds, drawing on available material, cognitive, affective and
social resources. Five phases of the translation of cognition into ‘ecological rationality’ can be distinguished: control, adaptation, learning, improvement (evolution/ innovation), change with feedback. The overall challenge facing society today is to achieve and maintain a suitable quality of life, while reducing to a sustainable level the environmental burden to which our activities give rise.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiving Labs
Subtitle of host publicationDesign and Assessment of Sustainable Living
EditorsDavid V. Keyson, Olivia Guerra-Santin, Dan Lockton
Number of pages5
EditionPart 1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-33527-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-33526-1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Living lab
  • Sustainable living

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    van Timmeren, A., & Keyson, D. (2017). Towards Sustainable Living. In D. V. Keyson, O. Guerra-Santin, & D. Lockton (Eds.), Living Labs: Design and Assessment of Sustainable Living (Part 1 ed., pp. 3-7). Springer.