Through our design work we are provoking and unpacking diverse perspectives on the urban and social significance of death-related spatial practices and their intersections with civic life and environment. Our projects promote harnessing of both science and spirituality, resulting in a system that transforms our biomass into an enduring collective urban cenotaph for intimate individual memories.
Over the past decade, a series of studios at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation have engaged the urban, social, and cultural questions raised by DeathLAB’s research. Students have focused on urban sites throughout New York City, with architectural proposals that address the contemporary shortcomings of current funerary processes. An important part of every design studio is to instigate critical thinking and promote conversation about future possibilities amongst future professionals.