Understanding Technology in Domestic Environments: Lessons for Cooperative Buildings

  • John Hughes
  • Jon O’Brien
  • Tom Rodden
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1370)


This paper considers the nature of interactive technology within domestic environments and how we might want to consider the design of technology for domestic environments. As part of this work it highlights the methodological issues faced in the design of systems for the home environments. The shortage of detailed knowledge of activities in the home is highlighted as a major issue in understanding the situated nature of technologies. A series of studies of domestic environments is presented alongside the design challenges they raise.


domestic environments interactive technology home environments cooperative buildings methodological issues 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Hughes
    • 1
  • Jon O’Brien
    • 1
  • Tom Rodden
    • 1
  1. 1.Sociology and Computing DepartmentsLancaster UniversityLancasterUK

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