A critical design piece exploring technology's role in conditioning human beings.
SUMMARY Parallels is a critical design system, meant as a probe to explore a value fiction scenario. In this scenario, as in our reality, it has become irrefutably clear that human growth, as it currently stands, is no longer sustainable.
To supplement the concept, we created a product, also named Parallels. The project called Parallels as a critical design is not directed at a group of people, but a sensibility. It is for those with an interest in sustainability, commodification, and pop culture. One such could be someone who is apathetic about humanity's social and environmental situation, another could be someone with a keen interest. It draws concepts from critical design, slow technology, ambiguous design, reflective design, and sustainable interaction design. The product called Parallels is created for those living in our value fiction scenario, that embrace technology as a solution to sustainability problems. It is a physical hydroponics system that monitors the user's water and electricity usage, and restricts the corresponding energy source to the plant if the user overconsumes.