Circle of Life - Reinterpreting urban cemeteries in context of future

Circle of Life - Reinterpreting urban cemeteries in context of future


The story of birth and demise began to weave when humans started reading the stars and celestial bodies. Socio-cultural phenomena and language paved the path for religion and beliefs. Each religion had a new chronicle associated, that tapped our emotions. Infrastructures and spaces to perform these rituals were built, and held positions of great sanctity and significance in the society. Tombs, Pyramids, temples, all kinds of structures were constructed, and often formed the heart of a city or civilization.

In the age of globalization where culture is getting homogenized, one can imagine a society where religions are not distinct any more. Where the society has moved ahead from rituals and developed new traditions. In such an era, birth and death - constituting the circle of life would also be celebrated in unconventional ways and rituals would be re-written.

As civilizations began to develop, and cultures started diluting, did all the public space re-equipped themselves to the growing changes?


In the coming decades, where our aging population will complete their life cycle and we will face rising mortality rates - we still do not have enough infrastructure to support this purpose. The pace at which this unspoken need for the deceased is growing - will fall short for the demographic in consideration.

In times of accelerating urbanization and densification, cemeteries face the challenge of keeping up their relevance as a public urban space. This condition is not only an issue of space but also of cultural identity that can be projected within its environment. This population that has been accumulating in the urban realms, is now facing an impending shortage of land. The available land is no more affordable for the masses.

The infrastructure of the coming decades has to be prepared for a sustainable future. With land being a limited resource now, a strategical and sensitive approach to design a resting place is necessary.

How will architecture house this uncharted need of the cities of tomorrow? How can we make a common ground for all faiths/agnostic population to practice their last rites in sustainable ways within our future urban environments?

Learn more on


Registration ends: 15th December, 2019
Submission Deadline: 25th December, 2019
Public Voting begins: 4th January, 2020
Public Voting ends: 25th January, 2020
Result Announcement: 4th February 2020


Prize pool of worth 20000$
First Prize: 5000$ (For students and professionals)
Runner up: 6 x 1100$ (For students and professionals)
People’s Choice: 4 x 600$ (Open for all)
Honorable mention x 12 : 500$ Each

More competitions here:
Follow us on facebook:
Follow us on instagram:

Download the information related to this competition here.

  • Title

    Circle of Life - Reinterpreting urban cemeteries in context of future
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Ideas)
  • Website

  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    December 15, 2019 11:59 AM
  • Submission Deadline

    December 25, 2019 11:59 AM
  • Price


This competition was submitted by an ArchDaily user. If you'd like to submit a competition, call for submissions or other architectural 'opportunity' please use our "Submit a Competition" form. The views expressed in announcements submitted by ArchDaily users do not necessarily reflect the views of ArchDaily.

Cite: "Circle of Life - Reinterpreting urban cemeteries in context of future" 31 Jul 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.