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The Architecture and Infrastructure of Death

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Plan Común: ‘architecture is a common field of knowledge’Subscription

This young Chilean-French practice seeks to give the city back to its citizens and confront us with our own mortality

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Typology: CrematoriumSubscription

Our final encounter with architecture increasingly takes place in crematoria but, despite an association with modern bureaucratic society, the type has a long history

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‘The mausoleum is a theme round which the imagination can freely play’Subscription

Archive: John Soane and the furniture of death

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November 2016: the Death issueSubscription

Death | Paul Lukez | Juan Carlos Salas | Fieldoffice | Typology: Crematorium | Boullée | Health | Karlsson/Vilhelm Lauritzen | Foster + Partners |  RUF | Aalto

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Outrage: ‘if memorialisation is everywhere, it becomes mere virtue-signalling’Subscription

Historically, memorials have honoured valiant heroes, but a social trend is emerging: to memorialise victims who were merely in the wrong place at the wrong time

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‘In deciding future strategies to accommodate the dead, communities are adapting ancient traditions’Subscription

The sheer volume of dead requires improved death infrastructure without the loss of physical space to mourn

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Dying with DignitasSubscription

Confronted with the legality of suicide, the Swiss authorities have struggled to reconcile it with existing zoning laws

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‘The power of the grave as the locus of remembrance has been increasingly relinquished’Subscription

Environmental, economic and cultural factors have all shaped funerary architecture throughout the ages

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Editorial: can design make a difference in a moment of paralysing grief?Subscription

We need spaces at the heart of our cities that offer solace and consolation

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Typology: TombsSubscription

A sealed volume, the tomb has no interior – or if it does, you really don’t want to go there. The exterior, by contrast, is a screen onto which we project our hopes and fears about the other side of life