CLEAN, DRINK AND THINK

Streets and public spaces are significant part of our daily life. We pass them by, we meet, we eat, we sit on it enjoying a sunny or a rainy day. But have you ever asked yourselves, how clean are the streets?

Within 1 km circle in Athens I was investigating the health of the city through the cleanness of its streets. ​

 

PROJECT RESULTS

  1. Was designed a 'Cleaning trolley' - a research tool that can be used to get people involved in the questions concerning cleanness of streets in a city.

  2. By using research tools were gathered an information about the specific part of  the city of Athens which can be used to develop projects concerning cleanliness of streets.

RESEARCH PART 1

General research and data collection.

The detailed research is presented in the booklet:

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Bellow you can see the map illustrating the cleanness of the streets within 1km circle.

The detailed research is presented HERE.

RESEARCH PART 2

Experimental.
Acting.

The detailed research is presented in the booklet:

After finishing the general research was made a decision to go deeper into a cleaning process. I decided to choose one street and clean it during one week.

 

This action goals were:

 1. Personal involvement in a cleaning process: 

    - experience the cleaning process by myself; 

    - to see how difficult it is to keep the street clean and for how long; 

    - to map trash on the street.

 

2. Social aspects:

    - to see people’s reaction by seeing a stranger cleaning their street;

    - to learn what they think about the situation with the trash on the streets.

    - through my cleaning action I wanted to become closer to the residents of this             street.

 

St. Granikou was chosen for the experiment, because:

​    - there was a bar next to it,

    - there were 2 abandoned buildings on it,

    - the buildings itself were not big, what could give an opportunity to find out                   quicker who lives here and interview them after.

Granikou

WAS IT SUCCESSFUL?

The experiment was successful. I was able to get the information I needed. This concerns both goals set in the beginning: the research of the cleaning process and social aspect of my research. 

 

WOULD I CHANGE SOMETHING?

The biggest problem was my appearance. I was wearing my everyday clothes what did not allow to grab people’s attention. 

 

​SOLUTION

To make myself visible and recognisable on the streets, was created a Cleaning suit 'Clean, Drink and Think', that was used not only for interviewing people on the street, but also to try to get them involved in the cleaning process, as, according to my theory, once you clean the street by yourself, the relation to the public space will change.

Interviews

People on the streets were asked to answer following questions:

1. Have you ever tried to clean the street by yourself?

2. If somebody would initiate ‘cleaning movement’ on your street, would you join?

3. What do you think if people would try to clean the street at least once would it help to keep the streets clean?

Interviews and more details about this part of the research can be found HERE .

RESEARCH PART 3

Designing a research trolley

'Clean, Drink and Think'