Escudo da Comporta

Escudo da Comporta

type—Royal College of Art final MA project
location—Comporta, Portugal
year—2016

Escudo da Comporta is a rural masterplan of an agricultural estate in Alentejo, Portugal. 

Comporta is an area in Portugal whose landscape and population have been subject to various pressures and epic injustices. In the past three centuries the area’s value has been claimed by its owners, the Portuguese Crown at first, rice farming enterprises after, and, finally, the largest banking dynasty in Portugal, the Espírito Santo family. The latter became insolvent in 2014.

Escudo da Comporta uses the situation of bankruptcy to, for the first time, design the landscape and design it towards a democratic rural environment.

By combining agricultural and urban design processes the project creates a civic landscape that satisfies global pressures while fulfilling the social and civic needs of an area in great distress.

Escudo da Comporta—How do you measure value? It seems as though the natural relationship between land, money and community has been distorted over the gradual rise of a global market economy.

Escudo da Comporta is a currency based on the real time landscape surveying
of a twelve and a half thousand hectare agricultural estate in Alentejo, Portugal.
The value of each Escudo da Comporta coin is determined by landscape projections that determine the productivity and potential of the land. Escudo translates as ‘shield’: a currency that defends Comporta’s value and orchestrates the future of its natural and human wealths.

Migrant Journal—Issue 1 Across Country

Migrant Journal—Issue 1 Across Country

An ode to Lisbon’s kiosks by photographer Richard John Seymour <small><i>[The Spaces]</i></small>

An ode to Lisbon’s kiosks by photographer Richard John Seymour [The Spaces]