Tianyue and Yingting are committed to combining design and research tools to speak out in the field of environmental justice. Our work encompasses interaction, media, and landscape, trying to foster a co-regulatory environment where multiple stakeholders can contribute to safeguarding the rights of both the local inhabitants and the land they rely upon.
Tianyue Sun, Yingting Chao
The Alqueva project in Portugal seeks to enhance water reserves and expand irrigated crop areas, and the rapid expansion of this mono-agricultural system has changed the traditional landscape. Meanwhile, inadequate supervision and numerous infractions have occurred over the years, posing a threat to the environment and public health.
The project focuses on the issue of fertilizer pollution and its detrimental effects on groundwater quality caused by intensive monoculture farming practices. The extensive investigation uncovered a series of illicit farming activities in the vicinity of Beja city and surrounding villages. These activities included two distinct forms of unauthorized intensive farming within the protected sanitary zone of the village and the groundwater extraction points. The absence of well-defined protection zone definitions in municipal planning resulted in uncontrolled illegal farming practices.
To address this pressing concern, our research team developed an interactive platform that offers clear and accessible maps of protection zones, along with the relevant regulations. The platform also showcases historical changes in land use change and their consequences on water quality and pricing. By integrating data from intensive agriculture, our aim is to provide a holistic perspective encompassing environmental, economic, and ecological aspects on a single platform. Through the incorporation of mapping infractions and an uploading function, this platform will serve as a powerful tool to combat systemic violations while amplifying the collective voice. Our ultimate goal is to foster a co-regulatory environment where multiple stakeholders can contribute to safeguarding the rights of both the local inhabitants and the land they rely upon.