Yolande Strengers

Seminar:  Creating pleasance: new needs for the smart home.

Thursday 9th June 14.00-15.00, D72/MR11 FASS, Lancaster University -All Welcome

This talk draws on an international content analysis of online and magazine articles exploring the ideas embedded in visions for the 21st Century smart home. In particular, I analyse smart home advocates’ pursuit of  ‘pleasance’ – an ambient and electrically-enabled aesthetic experience which brings ‘comfort, romance and peace of mind’ into the home (Lutron 2015). Through a series of examples, such as lighting, audio-visual devices, and smart thermostats, I show how pleasance is imagined and promoted by smart home advocates. I consider where this idea has come from, what’s new about it, and what implications it holds for energy demand.



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