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 Spring 2012: Memory Bank- re-valuing Loss, re-prioritizing Value

While operating within intertwined constraints, urban life is fluid. Fluidity spans a gradient from fine, dewy mist to deluge; from nearly imperceptible change to wildly unpredictable, unhinged conditions. This volatility invigorates, mystifies, and at times overwhelms. Work this semester will thrive in a context of mutable states pulsing through austere limits.

Banking has recently undergone seemingly radical re-structuring, rescue, de-valuation, collapse, absorption, occupation, and takeover...yet it has retained a power structure with vast influence over societal priorities—both local and global. Power is a distorted reflection of value and ethics. Distorted priorities undermine crucial measures of progress, while socio-political values shift, swell and fade in response to anxiety, context, expectation and stimulus. By critically re-defining ‘value’ students are/were asked to qualify and give new agency to notions of leverage, profit, assets, and liabilities.