In a group of six students in Interaction Design, in partnership with a data visualization agency, we had to collect and analyze data about a critical debate: the construction of a new airport in France.
A quick overview of the main steps of the project.
Understand the subject
The Aéroport du Grand Ouest Project is a planned new airport, to be situated in the north-west of France. The construction of the airport has met a strong opposition. Also various groups have set up numerous protest camps and squats around the area that will be build upon known as the "ZAD" (acronym of "Zone à défendre (fr)") which means zone to be defended in English.
A very short workshop and a lot to do at the same time.
As this project creates a strong and violent opposition between the pros and cons, it is everywhere in the medias. That is why we decided to search for all press articles concerning the project.
Datas harvest and analyse
During the harvesting process, we had to start to classify datas. Due to the amount of datas we took a lot of time to select the good datas and to find all the informations for each of the article we found.
3 main steps / 3 softwares
We decided that the first thing to do was to inform about the pros and cons showing their names. Then, after analysing the datas we realised that even if the cons were against the project for environmental reasons, the pros were the first to use an «environmental» vocabulary. The goal of showing all of that was not to tell to the viewer what he should think, but to give him tools to make up his own mind about the debate.