In Cemeteries on August 27, 2009 at 1:52 am
A cemetery, or mausoleum, or columbarium, or private plot, or memorial ground should be a place for the living. They’re the ones who are visiting sacred memory places. Too many burial grounds are laid out on a scale that is not human- they’re geared to efficient land use only. There are not enough spaces that allow people to approach their destinations on foot.
These places definitely served a purpose, but today they are not alive. Hopefully these types of sites could be remodeled and transformed into true parks of memory.
And..how about materials and forms for a sustainable 21st century?
In Cemeteries on August 16, 2009 at 11:17 pm
People remember people. It’s a strong need. And the way people do that is changing.
I want to transform the way people experience cemeteries in the United States. Think of ground-breaking physical spaces such as the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial by Maya Lin in Washington. And the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. That type of energy should be available to all, especially in their time of personal grief.
Many people still need a physical place to go for remembrance. Those places can be very strong. There are also many places that do not fulfill human needs fully. This is what I want to change.
The National AIDS Memorial Grove, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
Real parks, real gardens, real life: dynamic and vibrant cemetery spaces for the 21st Century.
There are wonderful spaces and designers out there, right now. And this space here will be an exploration.