Planting Paper: An Environmentally Responsible Design Project at the Art and Design Faculty

Amama FAROOQ, Ali Hosseinzadeh FORSI, Mine OVACIK
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Purpose / Objective: This study presents a graduate research project as a case study, conducted under a graduate course titled “Responsible Design 2” at Yaşar University (Izmir, Turkey). It is proposed that organizing a tree-planting festival for art and design students as a pilot activity at the beginning of their education. The aim is to create awareness on the paper consumption in a local academic society by design act and activism, and to save trees for students’ future paper consumption during their 4-year education. The purpose of this paper is to share this practice-based research to contribute Socially Responsible Education.  

Originality / Value: This experimented design activism project, conducted through locally interactive research process by graduate students, has become a valuable learning experience for the researchers by implementing simple methods and finding out noteworthy numbers in paper consumption in the closest environment.    

Research Approach / Methodology / Design:  The process of the research contains, literature review, a survey done among design students and faculty members, observations in the school and an exhibition to inform for this festival and to gather, evaluate responses of students, academics who will be involved in this festival.  In some how, what could design thinking to change the habits of non-socially responsible, non-ecological thinking in the daily life of today?

Findings / Results: At the end of the survey, it is found out that one student of this faculty consumes 4-trees for his/her 4-year design education. When The 1st Tree Plantation Festival will be held, 153 individuals of this local academic community will plant 612 trees. In conclusion, a simple ‘awareness acts’ (staged tree-planting festivals) have potential to spark a mass-change in a long turn, in consequences of chains. It is an effort to empower the relationship between human and nature, by responsible thinking other then only economic-based approach of commercial world.   


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Derin ve Sosyal Ekoloji, Kağıt Dönüşümü, Kağıt-Tüketimi, Sağduyulu Tasarım, Ağaç Dikimi

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19168/jyu.22495

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