THESIS RESEARCH

Statement:

Create speculative scenarios and artifacts from a fictional carbon sustainable world, to critique the irresponsible present mentality and promote a responsible future.


Background & Proposal 


Fictional Future Context

According to my proposal and research, i created a fictional future world of carbon economy ecology in 2026 as my design context. 


Research Visualization

In order to have better understanding of my thesis topic,  I investigated the greenhouses' relationship with human and addressed the datas using visualizations in global, regional and individual scales.

GLOBAL

The first map is compared the yearly carbon emissions with the vulnerabilities of top twenty carbon emitting countries. The size is the amount of carbon emissions by year and the color indicate the vulnerable levels.

The summery suggests that among the top twenty emitters, there are only 3 countries are vulnerable to the exceed carbon emissions but 12 of them are invulnerable to the exceed carbon emissions. This infographic suggests that people who living in the high carbon emission but carbon invulnerable counties should take more responsibilities of the global warming.  

 

REGIONAL

The second map suggests the carbon emission impacts in a region: Indonesia. Oil palm tree plantation in Indonesia has vase contribution to carbon emissions. Not mention the loss of ecological balance and the damages to species, the soils released tons of carbon back into the air due to the large deforestation. People and governments started paying attention and taking actions to this problem.

The Global Forest Watch Climate has the data of oil palm tree concession's impacts on country’s carbon emission from 2001 to 2014. I utilized the Global Forest Watch Climate's system to generate a diagram of the Oil Palm concession’s impacts on carbon emissions by year based on the cover areas of oil palm plantations. I found the dramatic declination of oil palm plantation and carbon emissions in 2013, and then researched the reason for that. It turned out that in 2013 the Indonesia government addressed the deforestation challenges in its aim to double palm oil production by 2020. It suggests that the importance and impacts of taking actions of oil palm concessions.

 The Data comes from Global Forest Watch Climate:  Indonesia   The information about the oil palm concession reduction:  Reductions in emissions from deforestation from Indonesia’s moratorium on new oil palm, timber, and logging concessions

The Data comes from Global Forest Watch Climate: Indonesia

The information about the oil palm concession reduction: Reductions in emissions from deforestation from Indonesia’s moratorium on new oil palm, timber, and logging concessions

 

INDIVIDUAL

The third map suggests the Individual's contributions to carbon emissions by visualizing 1kg carbon dioxide emission equation's of citizen's daily activities. 

I visualized 1 KG carbon emission equations of daily activities and put them in categories including mobility, food, plastic production, and electricity. The map is intended to map out the differences between the different choices citizens make everyday and hopefully to nudge them make better choices in their daily lives.

 

Technology Research

I collected 12 direct air carbon capture technologies, some of which are real world practices and some of them are still testing in scientific labs. 


Design prompts

After collected the twelve carbon capture technologies, I started to explore the opportunities of emerging those technologies into everyday lives. I discovered various scenarios of how those technologies can be scaled down to individual scale and corporate into a personal carbon sharing economy system. Based on my exploration, I created 10 mundane scenarios and artifacts for specific user groups(personas) by contextualizing those technologies into different cities around the world based on top emitters(global infographic above),  social economy, weather and awareness/willingness levels. Finally I realized them into two categories of Awareness products and Carbon Xchange Platform. Here are the keywords and the scenarios' global location map below.