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Title Green Relationship
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Degree MFA
Discipline/Department Design
Degree Level thesis
University/Publisher Virginia Commonwealth University
Abstract Green Relationship is a design solution attempting to raise awareness toward the environment and reduce consumerism. Waste generation and pollution have become major concerns of many governments, municipalities, organizations and individuals around the world since they are affecting human wellbeing and the environment. As an MFA student with VCUQatar, I chose to use design to contribute in protecting the environment hoping to make a difference in life. The thesis includes a research and a design component. The research explores the recycling programs and facilities in Qatar, the governmental and private sector actions toward waste generation and collection, as well as precedent solutions applied around the world. Furthermore, it includes a survey on recycling to gather and analyze the community’s feed back in order to come up with a solution that aims to change people’s behavior toward waste generation and to promote green lifestyle. The design component defines the Green Relationship as the personal connection between the individual and the silent partner, “the environment.” It fulfills the basic survival needs, “food and water,” and the one and only independency need, “oxygen.” The elements of the Green Relationship are the projection of the generic relationships elements we know of through the theory of “Humimicing” that I introduce in my thesis. Humimicing is the design theory that mimics human innate attributes and behaviors to develop design concepts to be applied in different industries. Every element of the Green Relationship is visualized through a different design discipline similar to its nature. Therefore, interactive, product and critical designs are the mediums used to represent Green Communication, Care and Ethics respectively through public installation, experimentation and conceptual design definition. The thesis methodology, which is “Make it Personal,” concludes in creating the Green Relationship that aims to change the behavior of individuals and ultimately to reach out to the wider community. Under the maxim, “Green is not just a color; it is a Lifestyle,” the thesis promotes the use of design to inspire people, designers and manufacturers to consume less and generate less waste in order to save natural resources and the environment.
Subjects/Keywords Green Relationship; Humimicing; Environmental awareness; Green Care; Green Love; Green Ethics; Green Communication; Green lifestyle; Recycling facilities in Qatar; Recycling programs in Qatar; Recycling solutions; Recycling survey in Qatar; Adopt a plant; Reduce consumerism; Make it personal; Design and behavioral change; Design and group dynamics; Environment; Product design and environment; Interactive design and environment; Critical design and environment; Breathing mask; Talking plants; Design for change; Design and community; Recycling; Change behavior; Design ethics; Design and natural resources; Design and 3D printing; Design & Society; Social behavior & Group dynamic; Green communication & Interactive design; Green care & Product design; Green ethics & Critical design; Greenship; Green Matts; Green Jewels; Community gardening; Beauty of trash; Green relationship course; Green relationship book; Green portable nursery; Design and environment; Protect the environment; Design an consumerism; Multidisciplinary designs; Imad Fadel; Manufacturing and design; Consume less; Arduino boards; Plants with visual communication; Plants with audible communication; Plants with birth certificate; Art and Design; Arts and Humanities
Contributors Paolo Cardini; Byrad Yyelland; Michael Wirtz
Country of Publication us
Record ID oai:scholarscompass.vcu.edu:etd-4464
Repository vcu
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2019-06-26
Created Date 2014-05-01 07:00:00

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