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Finalist: Mayank Thammalla

Mayank Thammalla, 2014 student design awards finalist.

Swim or Sink by Mayank Thammalla from the Unitec Institute of Technology.

The site for the scheme is the Maldives, a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean threatened by sea-level rise generated by global warming. The prospect is of a catastrophe which will render the islands uninhabitable and could erase a two millennia-old culture. In response, this project explores the development of prototype floating platforms on which Maldivian society may be relocated. 

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Mayank’s innovative and research-driven proposal responds to the situation of the Maldive Islands which, thanks to global warming, face a submarine future. Semi-submersible oilrigs are re-purposed as platforms for displaced communities; the scheme is logical, knowledgeable and clearly explained and presented.

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