LICA343: Design Studio: Contexts
How might we ensure that everyone living in areas with poor air quality is guaranteed their right to clean air?
Problem: Thailand's economy is heavily dependent on sugarcane farming. Open burning which occurs in sugarcane fields is recognized as a major source of PM 2.5 air pollution. Thailand’s capitals have become smog-filled and the poor air quality is becoming a serious environmental and health issue for residents.
Process: From my research, I have identified that Thailand suffers from high levels of PM 2.5 air pollution due to transboundary haze, vehicle emissions and biomass burning. Though the government has taken steps to address this problem, the major issue of biomass burning is linked to the agricultural industry and economy and has proven too complex to address. This solution, therefore, looks to speculative design and technology as one way of responding to this issue.
Crystal Hive is a floating tower that uses aquaponics and vertical farming to put forth sustainable farming practices. This solution brings together farmers and sugar manufacturers creating a circular system, where waste from sugarcane farming and sugar production is converted to useful products immediately.
LICA344: Design Studio: Things
‘When the future can no longer be expected to follow on neatly from the past, then imaginative means must be employed’ (Brown, 2000). The aim of this module and furthermore this portfolio is to present a dialogue in the form of visualizations, about what the potential futures of emerging technology look like.