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The Interface of the Afterlife: Examining Cemeteries and Mausoleums in the 21st Century

The Interface of the Afterlife: Examining Cemeteries and Mausoleums in the 21st Century
The Interface of the Afterlife: Examining Cemeteries and Mausoleums in the 21st Century, Brion Tomba, Carlo Scarpa. Image © Flickr User: seier+seier
Brion Tomba, Carlo Scarpa. Image © Flickr User: seier+seier

The relationship between immortality and architecture is ancient one. Writing in The New Yorker, Alexandra Lange discusses the past and future of cemetery design in relation to a new exhibition on display in New York. Featuring a selection of 1300 individual mausoleum designs stored in Columbia University's archives, Lange notes how "patrons weren’t picky about originality. In the late nineteenth century, memorial companies might just bring back a shipment of angels from Carrara to be distributed among future clients." These "rural estates in miniature" eventually gave way to more contemporary designs which dabbled in Realism and Cubism. What will the people of today house their remains in? For Lange, "the design we take personal pleasure from everyday is now less likely to be architecture and more likely to be an interface." Read the article in full here.

Aerial view of the Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx, New York) - 1921. Image Courtesy of Avery Library, Columbia University
Aerial view of the Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx, New York) - 1921. Image Courtesy of Avery Library, Columbia University
Cite: James Taylor. "The Interface of the Afterlife: Examining Cemeteries and Mausoleums in the 21st Century" 03 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/563628/the-interface-of-the-afterlife-examining-cemeteries-and-mausoleums-in-the-21st-century/> ISSN 0719-8884