Design, reinforced by research, reveals an urgent call to liberate city life from the burden of outmoded practices. A community’s need for sanitary and sensible disposal of corpses is intertwined with the need of survivors to organize suitable rituals and memorialize the deceased.

DeathLab’s body of research includes critical theoretical spatial propositions, data projections, scientific inquiry, and aims to develop ways to reduce the adverse impacts of our living years on the environment.


Constellation Park is a suspended public memorial, casting flickering imprints on the larger cityscape. It is a new civic sanctuary that respects the dignity of personal loss and transforms our biomass into an elegant constellation of light. The memorial network serves as an enduring collective urban cenotaph for intimate individual memories— supporting the diverse cycles and vitality of life. Its "footprint" is invisible.

Karla Maria Rothstein, Salvatore Perry, Kooho Jung, Hajeong Lim, Bridget Rice, David Zhai, Jennifer Preston, Muchan Park, Sean Dawson, Kimberly V.K.H. Nguyen