Carlos Fiorentino

Carlos Fiorentino
Higher Colleges of Technology · Department of Applied Media and Design

PhD
Teaching Design. Looking for research opportunities globally

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Introduction
PhD in Human Ecology, University of Alberta, Canada. Areas of research: biocentered design, biomimicry, structural colour, design for sustainability, data visualization, design education. Assistant Professor of Applied Media and Design at Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Former adjunct faculty at the Univ. of Alberta and Grant MacEwan Univ., Canada, areas: design fundamentals, information design, design for sustainability, and biomimicry. Co-founder of Biomimicry Alberta.
Additional affiliations
September 2013 - April 2020
University of Alberta
Position
  • Doctoral Fellow
September 2011 - April 2022
MacEwan University
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  • Faculty Member
April 2008 - April 2022
University of Alberta
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  • Academic Teaching Staff

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Publications (38)
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The paradigmatic situation in which the design disciplines are immersed as part of the human-driven global crisis – environmental, social and economic – demands responses coming from innovation and radical change. In this context the discipline of Biomimicry emerges as a response and a new design paradigm, and can be a powerful tool for design for...
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This chapter explores the intersection of three epistemologies, namely, material culture, design studies, and human ecology, linked to fields of study that engage in innovative biocentered practice. Different ways of knowing can help identify alternative ways of seeing biomimetic practice and move design practices from anthropocentric and degenerat...
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https://uap.ualberta.ca/titles/1015-9781772125788-situating-design-in-alberta
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La biomimesis (biomimicry) aún con su metodología y su campo teórico mayormente establecido, no es considerada una disciplina de diseño todavía, o en el mejor de los casos, es sólo considerada como una disciplina emergente. La epistemología de la biomimesis es un proyecto en ejecución, una disciplina en construcción. Este artículo propone una breve...
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La biomimesis (biomimicry) aún con su metodología y su campo teórico mayormente establecido, no es considerada una disciplina de diseño todavía, o en el mejor de los casos, es sólo considerada como una disciplina emergente. La epistemología de la biomimesis es un proyecto en ejecución, una disciplina en construcción. Este artículo propone una breve...
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This research project investigated the nature of colour from a biocentered and biomimetic perspective. The phenomenon of structural colour—often described in physics as light interference produced in material surfaces at the nano-scale—is of particular interest in the field of biomimicry, as new discoveries are emerging with potential applications...
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This paper reports on the interdisciplinary design, development, and implementation of a digital application and database called ‘Innova’ that serves as a platform to collect and analyse assistive technologies (AT) currently available for family/friend carers and consequently also care recipients. AT products/systems/services that support carers (d...
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Redescubriendo el mundo natural. La biomímesis en perspectiva, más que un libro monográfico, es en realidad un compendio de ideas, retazos, experiencias, debates, reflexiones y propuestas, aún inacabadas y en proceso de construcción. Los 17 capítulos que componen este trabajo abordan temas específicos a partir de una combinación de metodologías y p...
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Paper in Spanish sent for peer-reviewing to journal "Cuadernos de Diseño" Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires and Politécnico Di Milano.
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Design disciplines have been serving the interest of dominant models –economic, social and political– for at least two centuries, coincidentally with the industrial revolution, and increasingly shaping our world since mid XX century. The new geological era known in the XXI century as “the anthropocene” is the dawn of the traditional design discipli...
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A post-industrial society requires novel design strategies. A possible scenario is the development of bioinspired and biophilic technologies as avenues for a new type of post-industrial design, focused towards ecology and sustainable development. In relation to design and industry, diverse approaches of bio-utilization (as in bio-technology) and bi...
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A post-industrial society requires novel design strategies. A possible scenario is the development of bioinspired and biophilic technologies as avenues for a new type of post-industrial design, focused towards ecology and sustainable development. In relation to design and industry, diverse approaches of bio-utilization (as in bio-technology) and bi...
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A post-industrial society requires novel design strategies. A possible scenario is the development of bioinspired and biophilic technologies as avenues for a new type of post-industrial design, focused towards ecology and sustainable development. In relation to design and industry, diverse approaches of bio-utilization (as in bio-technology) and bi...
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The concept of resilience comes into play as a major role in the context of sustainability. Building resilience is perhaps the most fascinating feature that life cycles and ecosystems can teach us. In contrast to the young word sustainability, the word resilience is an old one, originated in the 17th century, and evolved from the Latin resiliens, w...
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Design is mainly our conscious human action to modify our environment. It affects our context at different levels and scales, from micro to macro. In relation to design and industry, diverse approaches of bio-utilization (as in bio-technology) and bio-inspiration in arts, architecture and design, as well as fields of research such as Bionics, and B...
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The paradigmatic situation in which the design disciplines are immersed as part of the human-driven global crisis – environmental, social and economic – demands responses coming from innovation and radical change. In this context the discipline of Biomimicry emerges as a response and a new design paradigm, and can be a powerful tool for design for...
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This article discusses a set of prototypes currently being designed and created by the Interface Design team of the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) project. These prototypes attempt to supplement the user experience in reading digital scholarly editions, by supporting a set of tasks that are straightforward in a digital environment b...
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In this panel, we report on our year 4 work in the Interface Design (ID) research team of the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) project. INKE is a 7-year major collaborative research initiative (MCRI) project funded in Canada by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). INKE is led by Ray Siemens at the University of...
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The objective of this paper is to report on a comparative user evaluation of two multilingual thesaurus-enhanced visual user interfaces-namely, T-saurus and Searchling, designed and developed for digital libraries. The study used 25 academic users carrying out three search tasks on both user interfaces. It applied usability and affordance strength...
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Teaching design to design‐illiterate students is usually a common case for every first year class instructor at any design program. In addition to this, a particular combination of extra challenges makes Design Fundamentals at ‐the University of Alberta‐ a very special spot to learn and teach design. Most sections of this class are open to students...
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The objective of this paper is to report on a comparative user evaluation of two multilingual thesaurus-enhanced visual user interfaces—namely, T-saurus and Searchling, designed and developed for digital libraries. The study used 25 academic users carrying out three search tasks on both user interfaces. It applied usability and affordance strength...
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The inclusion of sustainability as a subject of study in design programs has been increasingly in demand by educators and students. Today signs of change can be seen all around the world, with the inclusion of new concepts that integrates design and nature in a more concrete manner. Biomimicry is one of these conceptual tools adopted by design. Thi...
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Reflexión, análisis y definiciones sobre el significado y el rol del diseño para la sustentabilidad, el diseño resiliente y el prospecto de las disciplinas del diseño en el contexto de los nuevos desafíos y paradigmas ante la crisis global.
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The inclusion of sustainability as a matter of study in design education is increasing at an accelerating rate, however sustainability is still an aggregate subject, subordinated to traditional subjects of design, disperse and fragmented as a concept, and inconsistent as a prospective plan for preparing future designers with sustainability literacy...
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In this article, we argue that it is possible to effectively expand interactions with a subset of a collection of text files by using an online interface based on rich-prospect browsing principles, coupled with task-specific visualization tools. In this context, we will present the revisions carried out to create the next iteration of the Texttiles...
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Editor's Summary Multilingual thesauri provide the context for exploring experimental user interfaces that support interactive visualization. The authors created two search interfaces that draw on the semantic richness of bilingual thesauri and provide for search, browse and results display. The Searchling interface offers search, browsable navigat...
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Sustainability is a controversial term, semantically and etymologically, and complex from all its possible interpretations. It is a word that has quickly evolved in its very short life. Still, the most suitable definitions of sustainability are those from "sustainable development". In this context, design for sustainability is a process of design t...
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Starting with the four fundamental functions associated with persistent storage — create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) — we tested, as an organizing rubric for the interface, the acronym CREAM: Create (represent, illustrate); Read (sample, read); Enhance (refer, annotate, process); Analyze (search, select, visualize, mine, cluster); and Manage (...
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The inclusion of sustainability as a subject of study in design programs is increasingly in demand by educators and students, and by employers, suggesting that the main role of future designers is to be involved in design for sustainable futures. At the University of Alberta as well as in many other institutions, the lack of a specific curriculum...
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In this paper, we describe a comparative user evaluation of two multilingual thesaurus-enhanced visual user interfaces, namely T-Saurus and Searchling, developed for digital libraries. The study used 25 academic users carrying out three search tasks on both user interfaces to the UNESCO digital portal, holding 400,000 documents. It applied usabilit...
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The objective of this paper is to report on the design of semantically–rich and dynamic visual user interfaces to support exploratory interaction with the UNESCO digital library materials. The UNESCO multilingual thesaurus, which supports English, French, and Spanish, has been utilized to provide a semantic and multilingual environment where users...
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Wikis are designed to support collaborative editing, without focusing on individual contribution, such that it is not straightforward to determine who contributed to a specific page. However, as wikis are increasingly adopted in settings such as business, government, and education, where editors are largely driven by career goals, there is a percei...
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Wikis are designed to support collaborative editing, without focusing on individual contribution, such that it is not straightforward to determine who contributed to a specific page. However, as wikis are increasingly adopted in settings such as business, government, and education, where editors are largely driven by career goals, there is a percei...

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Is it possible to organize structural color in lifeforms by its function? Making the fragmented available information on structural color accessible to biomimetic designers? Making a system of interfaces and widgets on structural color a space for scientific contribution and dissemination? These questions are at the core of my current work.