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An ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dent from Mal­dives, Mayank Tham­malla, has de­signed a strat­egy for his Master’s of Ar­chi­tec­ture the­sis that in­volves mov­ing the coun­try’s en­tire pop­u­la­tion on to oil rigs in or­der to counter the threat of ris­ing sea lev­els that could pos­si­bly re­sult in the sink­ing of the low ly­ing is­land in the near fu­ture.

Ti­tled ‘Swim or Sink’, the plan is not yet ready for a fi­nal im­ple­men­ta­tion, ac­cord­ing to Tham­malla, yet ex­perts and gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives are con­sid­er­ing it great food for thought as to the var­i­ous ways in which the coun­try’s ar­chi­tects can play a vi­tal role to min­i­mize the harm­ful ef­fects of cli­mate change.

The strat­egy in ques­tion in­volves mov­ing nearly 400,000 peo­ple onto huge, semi-sub­mersible oil rigs. The man­made is­lands would fea­ture hous­ing us­ing tra­di­tional lo­cal ma­te­ri­als and would also serve as pro­tec­tion against tsunamis.

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