Practical lessons for creating affordance-based interventions for sustainable behavior change

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Kaaronen , R O & Rietveld , E 2021 , ' Practical lessons for creating affordance-based interventions for sustainable behavior change ' , One Earth , vol. 4 , no. 10 , pp. 1412-1424 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2021.09.013

Title: Practical lessons for creating affordance-based interventions for sustainable behavior change
Author: Kaaronen, Roope Oskari; Rietveld, Erik
Contributor organization: Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme
Past Present Sustainability (PAES)
Human-Nature Transformations Research Group
Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (Urbaria)
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Environmental Policy Research Group (EPRG)
Date: 2021-10-22
Language: eng
Number of pages: 13
Belongs to series: One Earth
ISSN: 2590-3330
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2021.09.013
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/335897
Abstract: Radical collective behavior change is required to develop sustainable forms of urban life. This demands redesign of everyday environments. However, the ways in which our material world shape our behaviors are still understudied and underappreciated. Not much is known about how collective behaviors are facilitated through infrastructural or material interventions. Here, we draw upon 15 years of experience at RAAAF, an Amsterdam-based collective for visual art and architecture, to introduce ten practical lessons for developing strategic design interventions for affordance-based behavior change in urban environments. Affordances are the possibilities for action provided by the environment. Strategic design interventions aim to set collective social change in motion by developing sustainable affordances and dismantling unsustainable behavioral constraints. Strategic design interventions seek to inspire policies and public imagination. Whereas scientific studies aim to describe reality as it is, RAAAF's material interventions help imagine how the shared urban environment could be in the future.
Subject: 1172 Environmental sciences
516 Educational sciences
PRO-ENVIRONMENTAL BEHAVIOR
TIPPING POINTS
CLIMATE
LANDSCAPE
IMPACTS
DESIGN
USER
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: unspecified
Usage restriction: closedAccess
Self-archived version: submittedVersion
Funder: SUOMEN AKATEMIA Vähäkylä Leena
Grant number: 338558


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