Memorializing In The Future

Globalization has led to urbanization, no surprise there.  Millions of people flock to industrial centers  (and surrounding suburban areas every year).  In the USA, this influx is creating new problems for city planners – everything from public transportation crowding, limited water access, and, a problem that you don’t see in the news very often, burying our deceased.

To be quite frank, urban centers, such as New York City, are running out of room for the deceased.  

Karla Rothstein, an Associate Professor at Columbia “is thinking about what most of us would rather not: what becomes of our bodies when we die, and what impact that has on the living”  (Columbia Magazine).

From design boom.com

From design boom.com

Rothstein’s solution is breathtaking.  Called “Constellation Park,” it uses the energy of the deceased’s body to light glowing orbs under a bridge in Manhattan.  This elegant solution is good for the environment, provides a spiritual and meaningful resting place and is easily accessible by loved ones.

Constellation Park, at the Manhattan Bridge (Rendering). / DeathLab + Latent Productions

Constellation Park, at the Manhattan Bridge (Rendering). / DeathLab + Latent Productions

Want to learn more about the project?  Join us on Instagram this week, where we will be posting Constellation Park research and renderings.