Anticipated environmental sustainability of personal fabrication

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Kohtala, Cindy
dc.contributor.author Hyysalo, Sampsa
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-08T09:01:15Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-08T09:01:15Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Kohtala, Cindy & Hyysalo, Sampsa. 2015. Anticipated environmental sustainability of personal fabrication. Journal of Cleaner Production. Volume 99. 333–344. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.02.093. en
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/39202
dc.description.abstract Distributed manufacturing is rapidly proliferating to citizen level via the use of digital fabrication equipment, especially in dedicated “makerspaces”. The sustainability benefits of citizens’ personal fabrication are commonly endorsed. However, to assess how these maker practitioners actually deal with environmental issues, these practitioners and their practices need to be studied. Moreover research on the environmental issues in personal fabrication is nascent despite the common perception that the digital technologies can become disruptive. The present paper is the first to report on how practitioners assess the environmental sustainability of future practices in this rapidly changing field. It does so through an envisioning workshop with leading-edge makers. The findings show that these makers are well able to envision the future of their field. Roughly 25% of the issues covered had clear environmental implications. Within these, issues of energy use, recycling, reusing and reducing materials were covered widely by environmentally- oriented participants. In contrast, issues related to emerging technologies, materials and practices were covered by other participants, but their environmental implications remained unaddressed. The authors concluded there is a gap between different maker subcultures in their sustainability orientations and competences. Further research on the environmental aspects of real-life maker practices and personal fabrication technologies now could help avert negative impacts later, as the maker phenomenon spreads. This knowledge should also be directed to developing targeted environmental guidelines and solutions for personal fabrication users, which are currently lacking. Potential also lies in seeking to enhance dialogue between pro-environmental and new-technology-oriented practitioners through shared spaces, workshops and conferences. en
dc.format.extent 333–344
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Cleaner Production en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 99
dc.rights © 2015 Elsevier. en
dc.subject.other Design en
dc.subject.other Libraries and Archives en
dc.subject.other Social sciences en
dc.subject.other Technology en
dc.title Anticipated environmental sustainability of personal fabrication en
dc.type A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä fi
dc.description.version Peer reviewed en
dc.rights.holder Elsevier
dc.contributor.school Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.contributor.department Muotoilun laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Design en
dc.subject.keyword digital fabrication en
dc.subject.keyword environmental sustainability en
dc.subject.keyword futuring en
dc.subject.keyword personal fabrication en
dc.subject.keyword makerspaces en
dc.subject.keyword lead users en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201906264233
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.02.093
dc.contributor.lab INUSE Users and Innovation Research Group en
dc.type.version Post print en


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