Freight by sea is much cheaper than by air partly because international waters are so uncluttered by national bureaucracies and unconstrained by rules. This has also given rise to all manner of unregulated activity, from tax sheltering to weapons stockpiling. The outlaw ocean is truly a place apart. There is, after all, a reason that the American government, for instance, chose international waters as the location for disassembling Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, for conducting some of its terrorism-related detention and interrogation, and, by some accounts, for disposing of Osama bin Laden’s body.
This week we wrote about a global challenge: how countries will handle offshore drilling platforms when they are ready to retire them. It's against that backdrop that an architectural group hosted a fascinating competition seeking proposals for floating prisons. The schematics are riveting.
Competition details here.
New York Times Sunday Review article here.