design for death architecture

We present the international design competition to catalyze the international creative and design community to re-think and re-imagine deathcare for the future.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage
Genre Architecture
Country Texas, United States
Registration Deadline 1 September 2013 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 1 September 2013 (via Online)
Eligibility All

Description
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.
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. From the inner space of contemplation to the outward rituals of death and bereavement, these junctions of life and death occur in funeral homes, columbarium, crematorium, cemetery, memorials and places of remembrances. While these places hold intensely personal and private moments, they also represent collective experiences of departure and remembrance. The intricate spatial links are meshed with the individuals’, societal and cultural emotions, beliefs and customs.
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

Jury
Minsuk Cho - MASS STUDIES - architect
Hani Rashid - ASYMPTOTE - architect
Ben van Berkel - UNSTUDIO - architect
Birgit Lohmann, editor-in-chief designboom
Christine Pepper, Chief Executive Officer, NFDA
Ang Ziqian , Founder, ACM FOUNDATION
Lee Poh Wah, Chief Executive Officer, LIEN FOUNDATION

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

Entry Fee
None

Entries
Up to 6 images and a brief description

Timetable
The results announcement: 20-23 October 2013 at the 2013 NFDA International Convention & Expo,
Austin TX (2013 NFDA Convention)

Links
Past winners

Organizer
designboom in collaboration with the LIEN FOUNDATION and ACM FOUNDATION, and supported by the NATIONAL FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION (NFDA)

Official Website
http://www.designboom.com/competition/design-for-death-architecture/