One architect-in-training in the UK has one different, if not eerie, suggestion when it comes to saving energy for their population. He says in order to ensure Londoners do get to save energy, they must be willing to go to great lengths even if it means “consuming dead people” to do it.
Sam Gray Coulton believes Londoners should be prepared to “drink the deceased.” There is a process for what Coulton is suggesting and it is known as resomation- the environmental alternative to flame creation and burial called water cremation. It offers a new, highly efficient and humane way of dealing with the dead.
The biggest “promise” of such a process is that it may eventually even create drinking water.
According to a statement released discussing the concept, the proposed necropolis would dissolve bodies with chemicals, and then the resulting water used in “pools, saunas, an urban farm for flowers, botanical curiosities and medical plants.”
The belief of such a creepy idea is that “the living Londoner is encouraged to interact with the deceased Londoner.”
But as initially surprising the idea is, it can also make some practical sense. London for one is running out of burial space: around 200 Londoners each day are being cremated, thereby using as much energy each time as the domestic demands of a single person for an entire month.
The idea being suggested is being projected to “look good”, too. Blue burial shrouds will have the color “essentially boiled out of them”, dying the water and the building blue. Coulton specifically chose blue for the color’s link to depth, tranquility, and space.”
In his Instagram page, the student from Bartlett Architecture lists his interests as “Earl Grey, Space, Weather and Mountains.”
The strange proposal of Coulton brings to mind the 1973 American post-apocalyptic science fiction thriller film titled Soylent Green loosely base on the 1966 science fiction novel Make Room! Make Room! By Harry Harrison. The film puts together police procedural and science fiction genres as the plot focuses on the investigation into the murder of a wealthy businessman and a dystopian future of dying oceans and year-long humidity due to the greenhouse effect, resulting in people suffering from pollution, poverty, overpopulation, euthanasia and depleted resources.