SD5527 - Graduate Studio Workshop 1 - Green Market
Hong Kong is a fast moving city and people want to keep up with the trends. According to the various research, Hong Kong produces about 15,000 tons of solid waste a day which is the highest per capita waste produced in comparison to nearby Asian cities. The Environmental Bureau has set a target to reduce per capita municipal solid waste by 40% by 2022. Our goal was to create a concept for the Eastern Community Green Station (CGS) owned by the Environmental Protection Department of Hong Kong, which would increase traffic to these CGS’s.
The first part of the project consisted of understanding how and why people make wise green choices, before creating the concept which would achieve EPD’s ultimate goal (waste reduction). According to our research, we define wise green choice as “to make a conscious choice to practice the belief of responsible consumption after one evaluate alternatives to fulfill one’s needs.”
Through our research, we have proposed that the key problem in getting people to make wise green choice toward waste reduction is that people cannot bridge their value to green behaviour. Hong Kong people value sustainability, however, they don’t act upon it. It is a common phenomenon across different countries as well. Therefore, the primary goal for this project is to design a solution that would solve this problem.
Specific to Eastern Community Green Space (CGS), we have identified another problem that we set as our secondary goal. EPD has planned to build a CGS in each district in Hong Kong to strengthen environmental education and as station for collecting recyclable. Existing activities only utilize partial of the Easter CGS space and there’s limited segment of the community using the CGS facility. Therefore, maximize use of the Eastern CGS space and increase local community usage became our secondary goal.
The concept map was used to explore the subject Sustainable Consumption and how this relates to Waste Reduction, which was the overal goal of this project. A concept map is a diagram of our understanding of sustainable consumption and how sets of concepts are related to one another. Areas that were explored in this concept map were: Environmental Issues, Producers, Disposal and the Consumer.
Another area in the concept map is the Purchase Buying Decision of consumers. This area describes the steps the consumer makes before and after buying a product. All these steps are influenced by different processes that were mapped in the concept map. The Product Lifecycle area showed us how products ends up at the consumer and what kind of waste is produced at each step. It also shows the stakeholders that influence each step of a product’s lifecycle.
After the concept map had been made, there was clear view on what Sustainable Consumption is and how this could be used to think of concepts that focus on Waste Reduction. At this time information needed to be gathered about the current activities of the different Community Green Stations. Interviews were held with spokespersons from different Community Green Stations in Hong Kong. Questions were asked about what kind of activities are held at the CGSs, how many people usually attend these activities and what kind of people are usually joining these activities.
Another method that was used to gather insights was a site visit to the Eastern CGS. Pictures were taken of the different areas that the Eastern CGS consist of. The main goal of these pictures was to find out what areas are used and what areas can be used in the future. During the visit to Eastern CGS a few things became clear. First is that only the main building and the workshop area are used to host activities. These areas are indoor and provide tables and chairs for the people to participate in different workshops. The main building is also used for lectures. Another finding is that a lot of outside space is not used by the CGS. While visiting the Eastern CGS another finding was that a lot of people walk through the CGS without entering the buildings.
The concept that was created tried to leverage Eastern CGS to host a regular weekend Green Market where local producers such as farmers or retailers that produce and/sell green products are gathered to sell their green products. Citizens can learn and even buy green alternatives while being educated what is green products. Another element of the Green Market was to invite people who already posses a green lifestyle and have them host workshops and information sessions to educate people about green choices.
Through the site visit we conducted, we learned that some spaces within the Eastern CGS are not utilised. Using the map of the Eastern CGS we planned activities in different areas. In the video at the top of this page, all these spaces are shown. The Green Market would increase foot traffic into CGS, optimise the flow of traffic to each activity, and utilise CGS unused space.With the activity location planned, we showed possible ideas for each activity in the video. To give the client a good understanding of how the activity would be like at the Eastern CGS space, we created illustration of the activity overlayed on the images of the Eastern CGS.
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