Laundry Day - Social aspects of doing your laundry
Sammanfattning: The shared laundry room (the “tvättstuga”) is a good example of a service system, where we don’t necessarily have to own a product to benefit from it. If we can share, we can also reduce our consumption & impact on the environment. In today’s society (in Sweden) the “tvättstuga” is a service taken for granted when living in an apartment building. It’s a necessity in many cases - people rarely bring their white goods to rental flats. While (possibly) offering a great service, this shared environment is also the most common source of conflict between neighbors. The reasons for fighting can be everything from lint left in the dryer & slippery detergents spilled on the floor. Alienation, anonymity and loneliness in the larger cities are problems which seems to grow bigger in the post modern world. By improving the living environments in the cities, to increase our understanding of our surrounding & our neighbors, steps are taken towards a more sustainable future. I want to alter the existing “tvättstuga”, to re-design & structure an open and accessible environment where people can meet, while at the same time reducing energy- and resource consumption. When designing the new machines and booking system, and given suggestion to possible energy solutions, one of the criterias has been that the final concept should be possible to implement today, with ready available technologies. I have also worked with the aim to simplify the interaction between user & machine. Doing your laundry should be simple. The project is based on the belief that we can’t depend solely on future technical innovation to solve our problems. I want to show that change is possible today. The final result is a new kind of “tvättstuga”, influenced by other cultures, laundromats and laundrocafés. I have chosen the positive aspects which set them apart, and tried to avoid the problems which already exist. In this new laundry room, you have the possibility to plan ahead, but also to use it as a drop-in service for unforeseen needs. An improved booking system, locking mechanisms focusing on the individual machines instead of the environment will hopefully reduce conflicts and mistakes. If you can’t get the machine to start, it’s just not yours to take (or broken).. My renderings of the concept will hopefully contribute to make the idea tangible, to show that even established systems can be changed and improved - without having to reinvent the wheel.
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