Design for Promoting Pro-environmental Behaviours of the Georgian Domestic Workers in Ankara

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Kaplan A., Yazirlıoğlu L.

Design Culture(s) Cumulus Conference, Rome, Italy, 8 - 11 June 2021, vol.2, pp.2786-2799

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 2
  • City: Rome
  • Country: Italy
  • Page Numbers: pp.2786-2799
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, we worked with Georgians coming to Ankara, Turkey as live-in domestic workers whose work and private life was tangled. There are many layers to investigate in this case, like the adaptation process to the new culture and country. Another layer is the transfer of knowledge and behaviours between home and migrated country. The design proposal we made with Plentifulness Cards aims to ease the knowledge sharing process and strengthen the relations between immigrant domestic workers so that the pro-environmental behaviours would be encouraged and spillovered from the private domain to the work domain. Narrating on this research through design project, the article demonstrates how boundaries between places, roles, and cultures can be reawakened and reshaped with the help of designed artefacts.