"Please touch the plant on your way up the stairs..."

Loh, Susan & Santo, Yasu (2010) "Please touch the plant on your way up the stairs...". In Brereton, Margot (Ed.) Proceedings of the 22nd Conference of the Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group ( (CHISIG) of Australia on Computer-Human Interaction, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Brisbane, Australia, pp. 412-413.

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We are aware of global concerns of sustainability and are encouraged on many fronts to modify our behaviour to save the planet but sometimes this understanding is more intellectual than motivated.

An opportunity was identified within the university environment to activate a pilot study to investigate the level of voluntary student engagement in saving energy if a plant/digital interface were introduced.

We postulate that people may be more inclined to participate in a "green" activity if they are more directly aware of the benefits. This project also seeks to discover if the introduction of nature (green plants) as the interface would encourage users to increase participation in socially responsive activities.

Using plants as the interface offers an immediate sensory connection between the participants and the outcome of their chosen actions. This may generate a deeper awareness of the environment by enabling the participant to realise that their one small action in an ordinary day can contribute positively to larger global issues.

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ID Code: 57570
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: tangible interface, awareness, sustainability, built environment, plants
DOI: 10.1145/1952222.1952321
ISBN: 978-1-4503-0502-0
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: ACM New York, NY, USA ©2010
Deposited On: 25 Feb 2013 01:01
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2013 21:26

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