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Environmental Architecture (MA)

Bohao Hou, Shuangqi Bai

Who Owns the Atmosphere?

Who Owns the Atmosphere? 

Amid rising geopolitical tensions, supply chain shortages, increased extreme weather events and soaring gas prices, increasing pressures to build renewable energy infrastructures and accelerate energy diversification and storage are global priorities. According to the World Renewable Energy Pilot Report 2022, Greece is ranked 16th in renewable energy production with a very attractive market for investment. Still battling a financial crisis, Greece is working to raise at least €10 billion for a ‘green”energy plan to achieve a ‘green’ economic recovery. Although Greece has been investing in clean energy (wind power) for 20 years, these investments have not produced a noticeable positive impact neither the energy transition nor in the lives of its citizens; with not only cost of living on the rise, but citizens feeling as though their land rights are at risk.

Our project aims to investigate the development of ‘green’ energy infrastructures (particularly wind energy infrastructure) in Greece. We examine the sites of wind energy investment relative to the ecological and social lives they are intertwined within. We aim to make our research open and publicly available.  

Karystos Agriculture
Karystos Pastoralism
Karystos Services
Karystos Tourism

The unbalanced energy development in Greece has taken its toll on many industries in regions like Karystos.

Greece's geographical factors
Greece's geographical factors: 1. Lack of natural resources:Greece is a relatively resource-poor country, lacking large-scale fossil fuel resources such as oil and gas. 2. Geographical dispersion:Greece is made up of numerous islands with a wide geographical spread. This leads to energy transmission and supply chain challenges especially for the island regions.
Greece is lagging behind economically
Greece is lagging behind economically: the graph shows the GDP per capita of the EU countries in 2005, 2010 and 2015, which shows that Greece has been lagging behind.
This map shows the production addresses of all the energy companies invested in Greece
This map shows the production addresses of all the energy companies invested in Greece, some of which have wind farms in several locations in Greece. An interactive click through the website gives access to all information about the companies, including name, location, total power, production capacity, amount invested, etc.