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.

GSAPP Fall 2010: Propinquity, Skin, Infidelity

Propinquity connotes proximity and affiliation. It implicates spatial relationships, intensity, duration, and the socio-emotional effects of these relationships. The studio explored what proximity propagates, mining the simultaneity and overlap between what is public and what is private, between maximizing density and honoring void, between collective experience and personal will. Housing proposals straddle a 76 acre rail yard, underutilized urban infrastructure in Hoboken, New Jersey.