As populations increase, new land holdings are being released in order to accommodate burgeoning numbers of people, as evidenced in Melbourne with Fisherman’s Bend, & further afield with suburbs proposed for Melbourne’s fringes. This phenomenon however, seems to have ignored the full cycle of life, for while it acknowledges our need for habitation, little thought seems to have been given to our passing away, where our remains are to be kept, or how otherwise our lives might be commemorated.
Cemeteries have typically been located at the edges of a town, & a long tradition of funereal architecture exists, from the pyramids of the Egyptians, the necropolis’ of the Etruscans, their cities of the dead, to twentieth century examples including Gunnar Asplund & Sigfried Leverentz’s Stockholm Cemetery, Aldo Rossi’s Modena Cemetery, Pinos & Miralles’ Igualada Cemetery, & Carlo Scarpa’s private cemetery, the Brion tomb complex.
Concerned with the poetics of place, The Other City asks students to design a cemetery on the site of Webb Dock, & undertake explorations into architecture & its limits, with a focus on memory & ritual as it calls into question what might the cemetery of the future be?
The studio will be structured with the first four weeks comprised of a series of exercises; these propositions will be further tested, augmented, elaborated upon & refined in the following six weeks in the development of the overall project; with final two weeks, focusing on the consolidation of the project & its presentation. Site visits, talks, readings & films will support the realisation of the project.
The Other City “Only a very small part of architecture belongs to art: the tomb & the monument.” Adolf Loos
With Peta Carlin Time: Mondays & Thursdays: 2.15-5.15 Room: TBA