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Could entire populations live on oil rigs?

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With rising sea levels threatening low-lying areas and island archipelagos such as the Maldives, one architecture student Mayank Thammalla has imagined an interesting solution to the dilemma- moving entire populations onto semi-submersible oil rigs.
Could oil rigs be converted into residential living spaces?
(Image via Mayank Thammalla).

Designed for his final year Master of Architecture thesis, Swim or Sink envisions moving as many as 400,000 people onto huge rigs that would be fully-equipped with all of the amenities you would expect in a residential location- shops, cinemas, and markets. 
Oil rigs could be equipped with all the amenities that populations expect to find in residential areas
(Image via Mayank Thammalla).

Speaking to New Atlas magazine, Thammalla explained his thinking behind the project, saying:

“I was interested in looking at the future of the Maldives because their situation is very unique. They are a nation that can lose their entire identity, a 2,000 year old culture and their geographical position on the planet, due to projected sea level rises within the next 100 years. The Maldivians are talking about purchasing land in Australia, what will the costs be there?”
Living on oil rigs could also protect populations from extreme weather events
(Image via Mayank Thammalla).

“A loss of their rich culture, a loss of their day to day activities, and a loss of their presence in their natural surrounding oceanic environment. All that said, I am not sure about all the political and economic factors that might possible be involved”.
Oil rigs could provide homes to populations threatened by rising sea levels.
(Image via Mayank Thammalla).

Whilst the project has not worked out the practicalities and costs of actually moving whole populations onto oil rigs, it is an interesting thought experiment to consider, especially in these days of erratic and extreme weather events and rising sea levels.

What are your thoughts? Could oil rigs be repurposed for residential living?

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Ideal for psycho-city-dwellers and loonies: You can easily restrict DRUGS & GUNS & FakeBook. Any suicidal person can just jump over and feed a SHARK (enviro-correct way) For me? No thanks, I do prefer driving my Porsche at 120 MPH wind in my hair.
ANDRE GURSES, 28 November 2018
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