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Platform for Change: The Story of the Risen Generation

Part 2 Project 2023
Andrew Billington
University of Huddersfield | UK
Under the dramatic backdrop of Hull flooding in 2065, the Humber Estuary becomes home to thousands of climate refugees who stay behind to protect and resource the region’s renewable energy centre. The residents are rehoused upon repurposed oil platforms that have occupied the North Sea for decades, giving a new lease of life to the structures that could be held accountable for the climate crisis itself.

The repurposing provides home to 3000-5000 residents and are grouped into small communities around a floating parkland with connecting transportation and energy systems. The primary platforms (as pictured) are constructed over 27 levels and provide residential, social, educational, medical and retail areas within designated zones as well as a vertical farming cooperative to the residents ensuring their sustainable futures. Most of the structure is based around a residential park in the centre to ensure that light can penetrate all the communal and residential areas whilst enveloped within a steel frame giving it protection from the external elements.

This architectural form looks to provide a viable solution to the realistic prospect that Hull will be submerged by the end of the century whilst also protecting its communities, employment and energy generation.

Andrew Billington


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