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The changing paradigms of contemporary consumerism : sustainability, adaptation and spatial tactics for shopping scapes

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Máté, KJH ORCID: 0000-0003-4538-2850 2019 , 'The changing paradigms of contemporary consumerism : sustainability, adaptation and spatial tactics for shopping scapes', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This research investigates alternative spatio-temporal forms of encounter and exchange influenced by efficient and resilient practices of sustainable consumerism. These practices challenge the design of shopping scapes within the current dominant economic paradigm, through provocations I term ‘curious spaces’. The aim of this thesis is to extend the current discourse of sustainable consumerism into the area of interiority and the spaces within which these practices of exchange take place.
The arguments in the thesis are supported by creative projects which I have undertaken, including The ByeBuy! Shop, an intervention of sustainable consumer practices held in Launceston in 2014. These spaces stirred the imagination of participants through the curiousness of ‘what if’. Curious spaces reconfigure questions of community, sustainability and ethics through consumers’ direct engagement with the “thingness” of consumption, beyond commodities to be purchased.
I contend that by shifting relations from the current typological boundaries of shopping scapes — the focus on sustainable products and the behaviour of consumers to consume such products (or not) — to the practice of sustainable consumerism, opportunities to ‘act otherwise’ are revealed. I offer alternate interior spatial speculations centred around human curiosity, social collaboration and the agency of things; that do not anticipate answers but offer strategies and tactics for integrating the new with the extant, based on interior approaches of intervention, insertion and installation.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Máté, KJH
Keywords: sustainable retail; sustainable consumerism; shopping scapes; interiority
DOI / ID Number: 10.25959/100.00031946
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Copyright 2019 the author

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Relatively small portions of chapter 4 appears to be the equivalent of a pre-print version of an article published as: Máté, Kirsty, Ethical and political consumption and opportunities for change in Australian shopping centre design, State of Australian Cities Conference 2013, refereed proceedings, 26-29 November 2013, Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-9. ISBN 1740440331 (2013)

Relatively small portions of chapter 6 appears to be the equivalent of a pre-print version of an article published as: Máté, Kirsty, Community-oriented consumption and opportunities for change in shopping centre/mall design, 2013. Revista Lusofona de Arquitectura e Educacao, 8-9 pp. 543-560. Also published as: Máté, Kirsty, Community-oriented consumption and opportunities for change in shopping centre/mall design, 2013. Shoppingscapes’13, International Conference May 27-29, Lusófona University, Lisbon, Portugal

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