Unveiling Water’s Implicit Journey In Domestic Interıors: A Closer Look To Explore Different Approaches For Design

Birgönül Z., Kurtuluş Ş.

in: See the Water: Drop by Drop, Ervin Garip,S Banu Garip,Gözde Gökdemir,Uğur Efe Uçar, Editor, NOVA Science Publishers Inc. , New York, pp.111-135, 2023

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Publisher: NOVA Science Publishers Inc.
  • City: New York
  • Page Numbers: pp.111-135
  • Editors: Ervin Garip,S Banu Garip,Gözde Gökdemir,Uğur Efe Uçar, Editor
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


While technological advancements enhanced social life, they simultaneously caused degenerative effects on natural resources. Moreover, even if the conscious behaviors about the usage of natural resources is spreading over time, consumption rates indicate a more profound increase internationally since the world population is constantly growing, as well as people’s rising requests. In that vein, it is crucial to actualize conservative alterations of utilization accurately and comprehensively in all life interfaces.

Since water is essential for the continuation of production systems, all disciplinary fields share joint responsibility. Accordingly, the eventuality of the depletion of resources triggers actors from both industrial and academic realms to find ways of water conservation. In particular, interior architecture as part of the building sector is one of the pivotal extremes of consumption to reconsider. From this point of view, the study aims to point out the effects of design and daily activities in residential areas, explicitly living rooms. Therefore, statistical data about water conservation was revealed in the study by reviewing previous research. Afterward, statistical knowledge was utilized as a reference for the workshop project to raise awareness about water consumption in living rooms.

The workshop process was pursued in three steps: discussion, design, and installation. Initially, the group discussed the essentials of water consumption within residential interiors. Because the living room is not the first space for dwellings minding the water consumption, it was crucial to emphasize the role and relation of this frequent room with water. Accordingly, to raise awareness about the issue, the activities in which people need water directly or indirectly in living rooms and the required amount of water for those activities were determined. Finally, the design was based on the symbolization of water consumption in a living room simulation. Furthermore, participants proposed to turn the exhibition into an interactive space where visitors could observe the consequences of daily living activities in water consumption.