Redesigning Madeira

  • Auger, James (Principal Investigator)
  • Hanna, Julian (CoPI)
  • Nunes, Nuno (CoPI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


Taking advantage of the unique context provided by Madeira, this project will use a speculative design approach to explore new energy infrastructure and interaction scenarios with the aim of moving beyond the limitations of smart grid initiatives. Speculative design can facilitate a re-scripting of rules and constraints that determine energy policy and behaviour. For example, the radial grid system that is dominant across Europe dictates everything energy-related in highly complex ways: from the development of renewable energy generation methods to the design and function of electrical products. ​By thinking beyond the limits of established infrastructure this project will transform Madeira into a living laboratory for multi-scale energy experiments. Madeira’s landscape and resources afford numerous opportunities for the creation of bespoke generation and storage schemes and new product interactions, with the goal of facilitating a more holistic and sustainable relationship with energy.
Effective start/end date31/10/1831/10/21


  • Speculative design
  • Renewable energy
  • Design


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  • La pièce la plus petite

    Translated title of the contribution: The Smallest RoomHanna, J. & Auger, J., 2021, Le Comportement des Choses. Quinz, E. (ed.). France: Les presses du réel, p. 276-285

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
    12 Downloads (Pure)
  • Towards Sustainable Island Futures: Design for Ocean Wave Energy

    Willis, M., Adamo, G., Hanna, J. & Auger, J., Jun 2021, In: Journal of Futures Studies. 25, 4, p. 31-44

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Common World

    Auger, J., Matos, S., Hanna, J. & Ashby, S., 2020, Designing in Dark Times: An Arendtian Lexicon. Staszowski, E. & Tassinari, V. (eds.). Bloomsbury Publishing, p. 85-89 (Designing in Dark Times).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review