The challenge of the Bucket Wash: Creating desirable sustainable practices

L. Kuijer, J. McHardy, K. Scott

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Abstract

The workshop 'Creating Desirable Sustainable Practices; the Challenge of the Bucket Wash' offers the opportunity to engage in the emerging realm of 'practice-oriented design', and to explore the tension between sustainability and desirability. Practice-oriented design builds design and research approaches on practice theory (from sociology) which takes practices - such as bathing or cooking - as its main unit of analysis. It offers a framework for understanding what goes on in people's daily activities-routines, habits, et cetera. This is not only interesting for taking a different look at user experiences, but also for tackling issues of sustainability. To make this abstract topic tangible, a case is introduced using existing research on bathing. The 'bucket wash' concept boldly represents a way of bathing that is clearly less resource intensive than the currently dominant practice of showering and poses challenges for desirability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Design and Emotion
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Design and Emotion 2010 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: 4 Oct 20107 Oct 2010

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Design and Emotion 2010
CountryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period4/10/107/10/10

Keywords

  • Bathing
  • Desirability
  • Practice theory
  • Practice-oriented design
  • Sustainability

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