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Memento Mori : siting the sacred in the urban realm Zeppelin, Leila

Abstract

Many cemeteries in North America have been removed from city centers. This isolation deprives urban centers and their inhabitants of a vital civic space dedicated to acts and rituals associated with death. Presently, places for remembrance in North America are not recognized as cultural resources for the communities they serve. Little attention has been given to their design or purpose, apart from their function as efficient disposal grounds for remains of the dead. This paper describes the way cemeteries in North America have evolved and how contemporary preferences for cremation over burial warrants a rethinking of cemetery location and design. The goal of this project is to design a multifunctional, sacred space for remembrance within downtown Vancouver.

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