The project Drift & Drive was developed as part of the Petropolis of Tomorrow studio directed by Neeraj Bhatia at Rice University School of Architecture. Drift & Drive proposes a new model of water based urbanism by readdressing the technological and logistical challenges of offshore oil extraction. The project is a solution to the desire on the part of Petrobras, the Brazilian petrochemical company, to relocate workers offshore, as rigs are established ever further from the coast, increasing the transportation cost of both workers and oil. Drift and Drive establishes a system of floating islands strategically located along the natural drift current of the Brazilian coast, to house workers and transport oil and resources to and from shore.This project tackles the current logistical obstacles by indexing a natural condition of drift and overlaying it with the existing industrial schedule to generate a territory at sea of technological and social exploration.

Project Team: Joanna Luo, Weijia Song, Alex Yuen
Advising Professor: Neeraj Bhatia

Special Thanks to:
Rice School of Architecture
InfraNet Lab
Keppel Offshore & Marine
Rice University Shell Center for Sustainability
Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development 2012

Odebrecht Award Ceremony 2012:
Meet the Award Winners:

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