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.
“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