PUBLICATIONS

Our projects have been featured in numerous journals, including New York Magazine, London Financial Times, Columbia Magazine, WIRED and Smithsonian Magazine. Essays by DeathLAB's director Karla Rothstein have been published in books and journals, with others forthcoming.

 

 

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Democratizing Death: Interview with Karla Rothstein

[Rothstein] urges the re-engagement and coexistence with life and death to explore what impacts all these transformations might have, encompassing first of all spatial, but also cultural, social, environmental, technological, and economic aspects. Interview by Bernd Upmeyer.

Read an excerpt HERE.

Making Light of Death:

At Columbia’s DeathLab, the search for a cleaner, smarter alternative to burial is a deeply serious matter.

Read the full article HERE.

A Columbia lab is trying to turn corpses into glowing installation art under the Manhattan Bridge:

The idea captures both the intimate and the collective aspects of death...

Read the full article HERE.

The New Civic–Sacred: Designing for Life and Death in the Modern Metropolis

Through two design projects—one in an existing Victorian cemetery in Bristol, England, and the other augmenting iconic public infrastructure in New York City—this article argues for the potential of new disposition methods and enhanced public space.

Read the full article HERE.

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Ashes to Ashes. Dust to Dust. Or, in Washington State, You Could Now Be Compost:

“I think it’s terrific to open up alternatives, so people have additional choices that are both honest and elegant,” said Karla Rothstein, an architect and the director of DeathLab.

Read the full article HERE.

An Urban System of Death:

“I believe public spaces that support reflection are essential elements of our global cities, and cemeteries have the capacity to be both meditative and richly celebratory,” said Karla Rothstein, DeathLAB’s founder and director.

Read the full article HERE.

金沢21世紀美術館「DeathLAB」キュレーターが追究する、近代的な人間観が滅びた後の芸術:

コロンビア大学にある最先端の「死の研究所」の総体を紹介するこの企画は、都市における「死」をめぐるさまざまな問題―人口集中とそれに伴う深刻な墓地不足、少子高齢化、無宗教を支持する人の増加、火葬の二酸化炭素排出による環境負荷など―を解決するため、これまでにない葬送の方法を提案している。

Read the full article HERE.

2019 Global Wellness Trends Report:

Columbia University’s DeathLAB envisions mind-opening projects such as Constellation Park, where glowing pods are illuminated by the organic energy given off by a loved one’s biomass.

Read the full report HERE.

Tech Changes The Face Of Death:

Kartik Chandran, environmental engineer at the Death Lab at Columbia University, joins Ira Flatow to look beyond the traditional funeral.

Listen HERE.

死を民主化せよ Death LAB展@金沢21世紀美術館:

NYのコロンビア大学にある、その名もDeath LABでは、都市における「死」をめぐる様々な問題に正面から向き合い、「死」の未来を、分野を横断して探求しているのですが、なんとその研究の一部が今、金沢21世紀美術館にて展示されています!

Read the full article HERE.

GSAPP’s DeathLAB Examines Evolving Attitudes Towards Mortality:

The lab believes that death transcends differences of “ethnicity, religion, and political/economic constraints.” Constellation Park is meant to be an example of how death can be “democratized” in the metropolis.

Read the full article HERE.

More Efficient Models for Environmental Sustainability:

The idea is to take the embedded energy within the human cells and convert that energy into a manifestation of light.

See the full video HERE.

Design Concept Imagines an Illuminated Cemetery of the Future:

As space shrinks, the problem grows, and one Columbia University team is working to develop solutions for New Yorkers, as well as the increasingly urban world at large.

Read the full article HERE.

Sisa Jasad Manusia Hasilkan Energi Listrik di Pemakaman:

Sebuah kompetisi desain yang diselenggarakan Universitas Centre for Death & Society, berusaha menata kembali pemakaman di masa depan. Kompetesi inovasi arsitektur dan teknologi ini dimenangi peserta dari Columbia University.

Read the full article HERE.

The Cemeteries of the Future will be Lit by Decomposing Bodies:

The University of Bath’ hosted a design competition to reimagine cemeteries. The winning project from researchers at DeathLAB called “Sylvan Constellation,” generates reusable light from human biomass.

Read the full article HERE.

What Graves and Tombs Could Look Like the Future:

The competition entries are extraordinarily diverse. Some are futuristic and vast, such as “Constellation Park”, by DeathLab/Latent, where glowing shrines illuminate the underside of city bridges.

Read the full article HERE.

An Enlightened Idea! Cemeteries of the Future Could Power Lights Using Human Remains:

Designers from New York have developed a concept system that turns 'biomass' or human bodies into 'an elegant and perpetually renewing constellation of light.'

Read the full article HERE.

Cemeteries of the Future:

Columbia University designers submitted the winning entry. Called “Sylvan Constellation,” the design uses biomass (in this case, the gas from decaying human bodies) to illuminate lanterns, casting a shifting matrix of light beams throughout the cemetery.

Read the full article HERE.

Arnos Vale Cemetery Summons the Dead to Provide Light at the End of the Tunnel:

A research team from Columbia University (CU) in the US has won a competition, organized by the University of Bath’s (UoB) Centre for Death and Society, to reimagine the historic resting grounds, opened near Bristol in 1836.

Read the full article HERE.

Researchers Reimagine the Future Cemetery at Arnos Vale:

"We are looking forward to hosting Sylvan
Constellation at Arnos Vale. As a recognised centre of future focussed, sustainable cemetery enterprise, I believe the work of Karla fits with our pioneering but respectful objectives and values."

Read the full article HERE.

British Cemetery Could be Illuminated by Energy Generated by the Deceased:

Sylvan Constellation is a proposal from Columbia University’s DeathLAB, focused on “reconceiving how we live with death in the metropolis” — that envisions yet another option.

Read the full article HERE.

Dead Bodies Light the Way in this Biofuel-Powered Cemetery:

According to PSFKthe design, called Sylvan Constellation, won a recent competition from the University of Bath’s Centre for Death and Society that challenged architects to imagine the future of memorials.

Read the full article HERE.

El Cementerio del Futuro, Ecológico y Multi-Religión:

Sin embargo, ambas opciones son objeto de críticas desde el punto de vista ecológico, la primera por el enorme espacio que demanda y la segunda por razones medioambientales, de ahí que de un tiempo a esta parte hayan ido brotando nuevas propuestas.

Read the full article HERE.

Winner of the 2016 Design Competition: Future Dead:

Sylvan Constellation by DeathLAB and LATENT Productions envisages a network of memorial vessels transforming biomass into an elegant and perpetually renewing constellation of light, illuminating woodland pathways.

Read the full article HERE.

Heading Towards the Light - Take a Look at the Extraordinary New Vision for Graves at Arnos Vale:

The winning design, chosen by the Future Cemetery research group, "Sylvan Constellation" offers a radical vision for how we memorialize our loved ones in the future.

Read the full article HERE.

Here’s what the environmentally-friendly cemetery of the future could look like:

DeathLab pursues sustainable designs for futuristic cemeteries, and they just unveiled plans for a beautiful memorial forest lit by a constellation of biomass-powered “stars.”

Read the full article HERE.

Researchers Reimagine the Future Cemetery at Arnos Vale:

The Sylvan Constellation design by Columbia University's GSAPP DeathLAB and LATENT Production is an outstanding mix of both respectful disposition for human remains and longer term thinking around the disposal of digital data.

Read the full article HERE.

Redesenhando o Futuro Dos Cemitérios:

O projeto apresenta um mix de diferentes tecnologias sustentáveis, criando um espaço tranquilo e com design inovador, com uma rede de caminhos florestais através de clustersde “memoriais”.

Read the full article HERE.

Researchers Envisage 'Future Cemetery':

Our goal is to offer elegant options at death that are commensurate with the social and environmental values we respect while alive. Our proposal aims to secure civic space for the future metropolis, allowing one's last impactful act to gracefully and responsibly celebrate the vitality of life.

Read the full article HERE.

Decomposing Bodies Power Ethereal Cemetery Lanterns:

Centre director Dr. John Troyer said in a press release, “The proposal captured the Future Cemetery design competition's larger themes by presenting a mix of different sustainable technologies.”

Read the full article HERE or HERE

Futuristic Cemetery Concepts:

Sylvan Constellation ... envisions a gorgeous wooded area in which the deceased are buried. But instead of being marked by tombstones, there is a collection of lanterns that are powered by the decomposing bodies.

Read the full article HERE.

Back to Life - Researching the Future of Death:

The DeathLAB at Columbia’s GSAPP presents a number of projects which use the latent energy stored in a body after life has expired to create public installations and spaces for memorial.

Read the full article HERE.

死を民主化せよ:コロンビア大学院建築学部「デスラボ」の挑戦:

そんな人類全体が抱える問題に取り組む「デスラボ(死の研究所)」が、コロンビア大学に2013年設立された。地球環境工学、宗教学、建築学、都市政治学といったさまざまな分野における研究者やリサーチャーが参加するこのラボを取りまとめるのは、建築学部で教鞭をとるカーラ・マリア・ロススタイン准教授だ。

Read the full article HERE.

Your Dearly Departed ... in a Vending Machine:

Welcome to Constellation Park, population 5,000. Only everyone here — suspended in hanging vessels under New York’s Manhattan Bridge — is dead.

Read the full article HERE.

What if Penn Station & MSG were Transformed into a Cemetery?

A student project from an architecture studio at Columbia University manages to capture the practical, the wild and the lofty all in one by imaging Madison Square Garden converted into a futuristic cemetery and public space.

Read the full article HERE.

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DeathLAB Constellation Park:

Through strategic design that synthesizes evolving cultural beliefs with cutting-edge science grounded in naturally occurring biological processes, we have developed an elegant, resourceful solution to a ubiquitous problem.

Read the full article HERE.

Our Changing Journey to the End:

Environmental and social imperatives of 21st-century cities require fundamentally rethinking the infrastructures of death, including what we do with dead bodies and how progressive architecture may effectively support grief, memory, and the variant, individual and collective processes of letting go.

Read the full article HERE.

The Out Loud Journal:

DEATH + ARCHITECTURE is the first of many investigations on topics stemming from the open ideas competitions that established arch out loud. Our goal is to approach each issue from all angles, with architecture, at times, participating as an association hovering in the back of our minds and at others, plastered on the front cover without shame.

Read the full article HERE.

The New Civic–Sacred: Designing for Life and Death in the Modern Metropolis:

Through two design projects—one in an existing Victorian cemetery in Bristol, England, and the other augmenting iconic public infrastructure in New York City—this article argues for the potential of new disposition methods and enhanced public space.

Read the full article HERE.

 

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