Arranging here and there: A microlens observation on domestic waste separation

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This paper explores ease of access in the spatial practice of domestic waste separation. Such an ease was observed by investigating how foodstuff is arranged, here and there, as an attempt to bring order. In the process of separating the foodstuff waste, the inhabitant's body-her position, movement, and technical gestures-interrelates with the foodstuff, utensils, and the surrounding spaces become crucial aspects. Arguably, performing such a spatial practice boosts the inhabitant's convenience, thus encouraging sustainable waste separation in domestic settings. In particular, this paper employs a microlens observation with a qualitative approach to dismantle the spatiality of the everyday domestic waste separation practice. The findings suggest dimension and adjustability are the essential measurable aspects in obtaining the desired convenience. Such a role raises the awareness for considering ergonomics for obtaining ease of access in separating waste. It drives the utilisations of particular portable objects and working surfaces, to assist in separating waste conveniently throughout the phases of bringing order. Notably, the temporary placement of wanted and unwanted foodstuff parts signifies the arrangement of here and there in such ways. Therefore, these findings expand the discussion of ergonomics, towards a sustained practice of waste treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012012
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2022
Event2021 International Conference on Architectural Research and Design, ARDC 2021 and the 21st Sustainable Environment and Architecture, SENVAR 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 2 Nov 20213 Nov 2021


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