Redefining Waste for the Twenty-first Century: A new role for interior designers
A new role for interior designers
Keywords:Interior design, Waste, Urban, Designed spaces
The notions about waste developed over centuries have had a significant impact on the way we relate to it.The transfer of responsibility for waste disposal from the individual to the public, the notion of disposability arising out of the need for sanitation and the rise of environmental awareness have contributed to the creation of waste as a ‘problem’. Resignation and guilt, the impulse to treat our waste as invisible or with disgust, the inability to acknowledge the normalcy of waste, these are some of the outcomes with which we live.
Rather than implementing further problem-solving actions, which have up till now returned limited results, a transformation of individual relationships to waste is required, leading to new ways of viewing and handling what we must discard.The practice of design has expanded its scope from being governed by market forces to impacting social change. Interior designers can contribute to this paradigm shift, borrowing from the principles of persuasive design to include designed spaces for waste management in urban homes in order to empower individual responsibility while diverting significant quantities of waste from the waste stream. Eventually, waste management can gain a permanent space within urban homes, thereby legitimising the existence of waste, acknowledging individual connections to its substance and embracing ownership of management.
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