Competition :: Design for Death Architecture

Registration Deadline: September 1, 2013 by 11:59 (GMT)

Caring for the dead is an important part of any society, and how it is done reflects the prevailing culture. As societies evolve, the customs and traditions surrounding funerals and memorialization also change.

Social and cultural changes in death and bereavement practices impact the way we engage with the environment and physical spaces of final repose, recollection and memorialization. Changing demographic, social and technological trends have new implications on death and dying and the way families remember and honor loved ones.

In its second call for entry, Design for Death seeks architects, designers and creative talents worldwide to push the boundaries of deathcare with fresh perspectives of how we interact with physical spaces and architecture in bereavement and remembrances.The intersection of life and death takes place when the living gaze upon what used to be and face the reality of mortality.

Using design and architecture to explore the relationship between physical spaces and death or bereavement, the competition puts forth the challenge to:
-Reconstruct the spatial experience between death and bereavement
-Redefine the use of space for bereavement and remembrance and
-Reimagine how deathcare can be transformed to mediate and improve the experience of bereavement, goodbyes and remembrance

1st prize: 25,000 euro
2nd prize: 10,000 euro
3rd prize: 5,000 euro

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