CHI 2010 Workshop: Examining Appropriation, Reuse, and Maintenance for Sustainability

As computing environments evolve at a rapid pace, computing artifacts quickly become obsolete. Accordingly, this creates myriad kinds of e- waste, raising concerns in sustainability. Over the past few years, the HCI community has opened up a wide range of conversations regarding the role and future directions of HCI in sustainability. Building on top of the previous discussions, this workshop attempts to channel the community’s expertise and creativity to advance further and seek practical and concrete sustainable design opportunities in utilizing old and obsolete computing artifacts.

About the Workshop

This one-day workshop will include brief introductions, small group design activities, and group discussion surrounding the following questions:

  1. What are the challenges or limitations that hinder progress in sustainable design, specifically in reusing, appropriating, and maintaining used and obsolete digital artifacts?
  2. What are realistic, practical, and creative solutions to utilizing used and obsolete digital artifacts? (Through the collaborative design activity session, the participants will brainstorm creative and innovative design ideas for prolonged use and reuse.)
  3. How can we evaluate what is a success in sustainable design for appropriation, re-use, and maintenance? How long is prolonged use, and how practical do the design outcomes need to be? How scalable should the solutions be?

Position Papers

We welcome submissions from authors who are interested in and/or currently working in the area of sustainable interaction design. Specifically, people with background in hardware electronics, interaction design, and social computing are encouraged to submit. Position papers should describe your work on the topic, ideas for appropriation, reuse, recycle, and maintenance of old/obsolete computing artifacts, or general ideas about the role of obsolete computing artifacts in sustainability. Please email submissions of 1500 words or fewer in PDF format by Jan 6, 2010 to The acceptance will be notified by Jan 30, 2010.

At least one author of accepted papers must register for the workshop and at least one day of the conference. More information on the workshop can be found at the CHI 2010 website or:


About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

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