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Oil tankers may become floating urban neighborhoods

(Chris Collaris Design, Ruben Esser, Sander Bakker, Patrick van der Gronde)

Retrofitted shipping containers already double as inexpensive housing and toilets in some cities. Could retired oil-tanker ships become the next form of recycled urban architecture? 

Adele Peters reports for Fast Company that as the world transitions away from fossil fuel, thousands of massive oil tankers would cease operation. Rather than send them to scrapyards, some architects want to transform them into seaside mini-villages.

The ideas for repurposing oil tankers are seemingly endless. They could provide housing for metropolises short on land for development, or double as museums, shopping plazas and public venues for events. The tops of oil tankers could be refashioned into parks, the article says.

Reusing oil tankers also would spare them from being sent to shipyards in Bangladesh and India where hundreds of workers have been killed trying to dismantle them. But Peters emphasizes that refurbishing oil tankers comes with challenges.  Removing toxic waste from one ship can cost up to US$1 million. 

Fast Company

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