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  • An article in The Conversation says "there’s a lack of new cemetery space in parts of Australia but we could solve that problem by burying the dead among newly planted vegetation belts near our towns and cities. Burial Belt is a proposal we’ve been working on for reinventing the Australian cemetery landscape by creating near-limitless land for burial. Our idea is currently on exhibition at the Oslo Architecture Triennale, in Norway."

  • The Mortonhall Crematorium in a multi-denominational crematorium in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is an example of Basil Spence's post-war expressionist style. Opened in 1967, the crematorium is set in mature woodland and is a Category A listed building. A walled memorial garden opened there in December 2015.

  • A public chapel for funeral ceremonies in Alice Springs won the NT's top architecture awardfor public space on Friday for creating a non-denominational, flexible public space for grieving and celebrating lives. 

    The municipal chapel that opened last year in the Garden Cemetery on the Stuart Highway between the Alice Springs airport and town, was designed to be a facility permitting memorial services from a range of cultures and religions and one that could accommodate both large and small groups of people.

    Source: Australian FInancial Review

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  • CNN Style Reports:

    green-wood.jpgCrematoriums, morgues, funeral homes. These buildings, all of which are involved in rituals around death, often look as mournful as they sound. Designed to be discreet, they are usually cold and depressing utilitarian concrete boxes, tucked far away from the land of the living. But architects around the world have begun to embrace death, designing symbolic structures that exude beauty, peace and a sense of intrigue."Crematoriums and morgues, including modern architecture, have always been challenging topics for architects," says German designer Nikolaus Hirsch, who recent helped design a museum for the dead.
  • The incineration of bodies was a controversial topic in Ukraine in the 1960s, after the horrors of the Holocaust during World War II and particularly the Nazi massacre at Babi Yar. The topic had just started to be discussed publicly when this odd-shaped neomodernist concrete crematorium was built in Kyiv.

  • New book prepares Crematoria for the architectural spotlight

    Goodbye Architecture: The Architecture of Crematoria in Europe

  • We're pleased to learn that Bunurong Memorial Park has been shortlisted for the 2018 Melbourne Design Awards in Urban Design. And deservedly so.

    The design response was to re-imagine Memorial Parks ‘for the living’ –  using urban space to promote inclusion, respect and choice. It is a place of life, creating a deep connection between people and place. Bunurong Memorial Park is reflective of Australia's cultural diversity and all vegetation is Indigenous.

  • Each week the CCANSW will feature one or two articles about specific cemeteries in Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world, especially those we may not have yet have heard about, and your local ones that we ought to know about.

  • GMCT landscape architect Hamish Coates is drawing on his passion for art and sustainability as he designs memorial parks for Melbourne’s fast-growing urban sprawl, including GMCT’s future 130-hectare cemetery at Harkness in the city’s west – set to be Victoria’s biggest new cemetery in more than 100 years.

  • ArchitectureAU has a "long read" article about cemeteries and crematoriums. "The funerary landscapes of Australia were shaped by nineteenth-century ideas transplanted from London, with little innovation in the intervening years. As traditional cemeteries near capacity and the environmental consequences of cremation become apparent, Australia’s funerary industry is in need of more considered solutions for our final resting place."

  • A project highlighting the correlation between design and death has been short-listed for a Victorian Architecture Award. The Philip Harmer-designed Atrium of Holy Angels Mausoleum in Melbourne’s Fawkner Cemetery is one of four buildings in the running for the best public space award.

  • Interested inarchitecture, especiallyHigh Tech Architecture? Dezeen currently has an excellent series on the topic.
  • Bartlett School of Architecture student Sam Coulton has designed a concept for a sustainable alternative to cremation to help Londoners confront death.

  • We came across an article on about Finbarr Fallon's long term photography project Dead Space, in which he uses his architectural sensibilities to create evocative imagery. In a set of twelve photographs, shot over the course of five years, Fallon immortalizes Hong Kong’s vertical graveyards.

  • Dr Peter EllyardThe headline story from the GMCT Connections newsletter this month is about  how cemeteries should take a bold and visionary approach to planning for the future. At least according to Australia’s most prominent futurist, Dr Peter Ellyard. Dr Ellyard delivered a thought-provoking presentation on how cemeteries could be 'future-ready' as part of the 2016-17 GMCT annual meeting.

  • Atlas Obscurarecently featured an artilce on domes. One that caught our eye is Gol Gumbaz, a fabulously imposing structure, towering 51 meters above the surrounding city of Vijayapura and representing one of the most important examples of late-medieval Indo-Islamic architecture. Meaning “circular dome”, it is appropriate that this mausoleum is most famous for its massive crowning feature — which is not only architecturally impressive, but also houses a sonic funhouse.

  • Domus Web has an interesting article about how "the cemetery of Neuköln has become a natural oasis within the city where to experiment new ways of using green areas that have escaped cemetification** (sic)". The article is accompanied by a collection of photo images.

  • In a world that mostly recognises the causes of pollution and the risks that it poses it is intruiging that in many parts of India traditional wood pyres continue to be in demand to cremate the dead. But every now and then there is news of prefectures attempting to introduce more eco friendly solutions. The latest is from the Shivamogga district. After a previous attempt to introduce modern crematorium failed to gain acceptance, it has now been modified to suit local customs and rites.

  • Professor Hillary Grainger is the current chair of the Cremation Society's Council. Recently I stumbled across an interview with her, the byline of which caught my eye; "The architectural historian on the mediocrity of postwar crematoria design and why we need to talk more openly about death". Having far fewer tomorrows ahead of me than I have had yesterdays I don't particularly need to talk about death, but the mediocre architecture of western crematoriums is certainly of interest.