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Social Distancing: Turn Oil Rigs Into Houses

by: Sharai Hoekema
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In the distant past, humankind was not as keen on living together as we seem today. Sure, we grouped when it came to hunting, gathering, and taking care of their families, but we tended to avoid areas where we knew other tribes to be hanging around. Our ancestors much favored the empty lands, as it promised them a wealth of untapped potential for food and other resources.

Corona Virus Highlighting Need For Social Distancing

Somehow, we evolved to the point where we became social creatures, keen on living together in tight packs. 5, 10, or even 50 or 100 story high buildings, boasting large numbers of apartments on each floor. It is the human equivalent of the ants’ nest. We are quite literally living on top of each other. This could be great for a lot of things - and it is very convenient for those of us who need to live close to the office or to relatives.

flats, areal photo

Yet in times such as these, with the coronavirus sweeping across the globe, it is starting to show why social distancing is not such a bad thing after all. While living together has offered many benefits to the growing world population, the downsides are now becoming apparent. It also means that diseases can spread quickly, jumping from one body to the other at breakneck speed.

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This is why the invention of Paris-based architecture firm XTU architects is such a remarkable one. These visionary minds have come up with a project titled x_lands, which is looking to find a purpose for offshore oil rigs after the oil is depleted. Quite a large number of those bad boys have been constructed over the past century to get our hands on this natural resource, but it looks as if the age of oil is now coming to a close - with renewable and green energy taking over.

Offshore Oil Platforms As Location For Prime Accommodation

Now, XTU architects figured they could use the striking-looking offshore platforms to create actual accommodations. Each community of houses will be built on the oil rig itself, futuristically shaped - like bubbles, for instance, or like containers. Sustainable and light shapes that can easily be transported to a remote location.

graph oil platform, houses, trees

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Furthermore, to add to the sustainability, the rigs are to incorporate all kinds of greenery in the structures, making it not just industrial but also green, inviting, and welcoming. There could be several rigs, interconnected using glass or wood walkways, or one single rig that quite literally rises to the sky. It is the kind of material sci-fi movies are made of. 

Sustainability And Renewable Energy Come First

Each platform will also boast its electricity source - primarily through windmills, although solar panels and hydroelectricity generated by water running down the structures will be used as well. The rendered images of those platforms also include a wealth of drones swarming the houses, probably for deliveries and the like.

graph oil platform, water, trees, wind turbine

It is not just the idea of finding alternative uses for abandoned oil rigs, aiding us in getting rid of the polluting resource once and for all. It is also the idea of finding ways of living on previously inhabitable areas to provide some much-needed relief to the overpopulated regions on land.

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The Strategy Of Social Distancing Towards The Future

If diseases like Covid-19 are to become commonplace, we should find more ways of keeping a reasonable distance from one another - social distancing will become a term that all of us will be more than familiar with. Yet while the concept of XTU architects is admirable, I am not sure it is the type of social distancing that we should be looking for. People who work on oil rigs go through rigorous testing to ensure they are physically and mentally fit enough to do so. 

2 ladies on benches
Social distancing

It is not like you could visit your neighbors, or pop down to the supermarket for a quick grocery run. The loneliness will be real, and the solitude, out on the ocean, could turn out to be too much for some. Add to this the often unpredictable and extreme weather encountered on these locations, and it might just turn out that there is limited interest in living on an abandoned oil rig. The thought, though, is something worth considering. 

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Social Distancing: Turn Oil Rigs Into Houses

In the distant past, humankind was not as keen on living together as we seem today. Sure, we grouped when it came to hunting, gathering, and taking care of their families, but we tende d to avoid areas where we knew other tribes to be hanging around. Our ancestors much favored the empty lands, as it promised them a wealth of untapped potential for food and other resources. Corona Virus Highlighting Need For Social Distancing Somehow, we evolved to the point where we became social creatures, keen on living together in tight packs. 5, 10, or even 50 or 100 story high buildings, boasting large numbers of apartments on each floor. It is the human equivalent of the ants’ nest. We are quite literally living on top of each other. This could be great for a lot of things - and it is very convenient for those of us who need to live close to the office or to relatives. Yet in times such as these, with the coronavirus sweeping across the globe, it is starting to show why social distancing is not such a bad thing after all. While living together has offered many benefits to the growing world population, the downsides are now becoming apparent. It also means that diseases can spread quickly, jumping from one body to the other at breakneck speed. Recommended:  Coronavirus, COVID-19 Symptoms Flu, And Global Climate Change This is why the invention of Paris-based architecture firm XTU architects is such a remarkable one. These visionary minds have come up with a project titled x_lands, which is looking to find a purpose for offshore oil rigs after the oil is depleted. Quite a large number of those bad boys have been constructed over the past century to get our hands on this natural resource, but it looks as if the age of oil is now coming to a close - with renewable and green energy taking over. Offshore Oil Platforms As Location For Prime Accommodation Now, XTU architects figured they could use the striking-looking offshore platforms to create actual accommodations. Each community of houses will be built on the oil rig itself, futuristically shaped - like bubbles, for instance, or like containers. Sustainable and light shapes that can easily be transported to a remote location. Recommended:  Floating City: A Sci-Fi Trope Or A Salvation For Many Nations? Furthermore, to add to the sustainability, the rigs are to incorporate all kinds of greenery in the structures, making it not just industrial but also green, inviting, and welcoming. There could be several rigs, interconnected using glass or wood walkways, or one single rig that quite literally rises to the sky. It is the kind of material sci-fi movies are made of.   Sustainability And Renewable Energy Come First Each platform will also boast its electricity source - primarily through windmills, although solar panels and hydroelectricity generated by water running down the structures will be used as well. The rendered images of those platforms also include a wealth of drones swarming the houses, probably for deliveries and the like. It is not just the idea of finding alternative uses for abandoned oil rigs, aiding us in getting rid of the polluting resource once and for all. It is also the idea of finding ways of living on previously inhabitable areas to provide some much-needed relief to the overpopulated regions on land. Recommended:  Geothermal Power Accessible As Wind And Solar Energy: Climeon The Strategy Of Social Distancing Towards The Future If diseases like Covid-19 are to become commonplace, we should find more ways of keeping a reasonable distance from one another - social distancing will become a term that all of us will be more than familiar with. Yet while the concept of XTU architects is admirable, I am not sure it is the type of social distancing that we should be looking for. People who work on oil rigs go through rigorous testing to ensure they are physically and mentally fit enough to do so.   Social distancing It is not like you could visit your neighbors, or pop down to the supermarket for a quick grocery run. The loneliness will be real, and the solitude, out on the ocean, could turn out to be too much for some. Add to this the often unpredictable and extreme weather encountered on these locations, and it might just turn out that there is limited interest in living on an abandoned oil rig. The thought, though, is something worth considering.   Before you go! Recommended:  Earth Matters. Nature And Us: What Was, What’s Left: Hope? Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about nature? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
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