winner 2016

Catarina de Almeida Brito
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.