Our mission is to transform civic infrastructure with spaces of remembrance. We will augment and eventually supersede current practices and desegregate the landscapes of conventional burial and cremation from active, public terrains. DeathLAB empowers scientific, socio-cultural, academic, and municipal partnerships, engaging design to choreograph diverse constituents and revolutionize how cities accommodate their dead. The Lab’s proposals include sponsored investigations, projects produced in Karla Rothstein’s design studios at Columbia University GSAPP, and theoretical work of LATENT Productions.


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.


At Arnos Vale Cemetery, we propose an ecologically beneficial infrastructure for human disposition that enhances public space while re-shaping societal understandings of our body’s connection to the earth and culture’s relationship to death...

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Constellation Park is a suspended public memorial, harnessing science while respecting spirituality. The system transforms our biomass into an elegant constellation of light, illuminating new civic space amidst underutilized existing urban infrastructures...

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WPA 2.0

A resilient infrastructure of short-term shrines dedicated to the production of energy, remembrance and remediation rise above the City offering loved ones a contemplative stroll, while the Deceased are transformed into the vibrant energy that they literally embody...

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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.