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Al Baydha

When world building is applied to the real world, its primary challenge is to find common language through the power of storytelling — transcending the Western constraints of borders, cultures, and generations to create necessary change.

01 | Visualizing a town's development 10 years into the future
01 | Visualizing a town's development 10 years into the future

The Al Baydha Project in western Saudi Arabia is a land restoration and poverty alleviation program based in permaculture and sustainability. Al Baydha is populated by a Bedouin Tribe who are rebuilding their own economy and infrastructure. Using illustrations, diagrams, animation and mixed reality, we develop a ten-year projection that translates the complexity of the program into a visual language that can be decoded by the Tribe and other stakeholders.

02 | Design visualization: exploring the town with a virtual camera
02 | Design visualization: exploring the town with a virtual camera
03 | Projected overview of Al Baydha in 2025
03 | Projected overview of Al Baydha in 2025

“The foundation of the Al Baydha Project is a water system that uses low-tech earthworks to change flash floods into rivers. This system replenishes aquifers, enables desert agriculture, and eliminates the damage caused by flash floods to human and animal life, as well as to infrastructure. Because its main components are earthworks, the water system is simple to learn, and requires only the cost of labor, some machinery work for moving heavy rocks, and 3-5 years of irrigation. If correctly implemented the system can last for hundreds of years.”

-Neal Spackman,  Stanford University permaculturist

04 | Visualizing the Al Baydha initial water & permaculture system
05 | Design visualization of a narrative learning system in AR and VR
01 | Visualizing a town's development 10 years into the future
02 | Design visualization: exploring the town with a virtual camera
03 | Projected overview of Al Baydha in 2025
04 | Visualizing the Al Baydha initial water & permaculture system
05 | Design visualization of a narrative learning system in AR and VR