Issue 001: DEATH + ARCHITECTURE
The sensitive psychological process of mourning is strongly impacted by the external environment, evidenced by the vast repertoire of architecturally notable projects. Death has held a principle role in shaping the built environment across the globe from the monumental scale of the Great Pyramids at Giza, to the intimate scale of Brion Vega. As the world’s population has begun increasing at an exponential rate in recent decades, the relationship between major cities, such as London and Tokyo, and their dead has become an intricate and complicated one which now faces an endless injection of capitalist and political verbiage. The combination of emerging developer relationships with the solemnity of personal loss is aggravating the situations of architects charged with designing burial grounds within the public domain of society.
DEATH + ARCHITECTURE, Issue 001 of OUT LOUD, will examine the juxtaposition of the death and architecture, delving into the ever-changing sociological responsibilities of architecture and the constant, unchanging condition of death. This issue intends to touch on topics such as the status of land and its value in growing cities; historical trends of burial grounds in cities; recent innovations regarding the handling of the dead; and the stigmas surrounding radical changes in the ways in which we lay to rest those who have passed on.