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Columbarium, Form 244

Spring 2011
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Columbarium, Form 244

Funerary architecture affords several architectural prospects. First, memorializing is a "function" that has existed throughout human history, possibly predating the construction of dwellings. Second, the typologies of memorials and tombs are highly varied, swayed by religious paradigms, technological limitations, environmental factors, and time. Third, funerary design centers on fundamental aspects of architecture: gravity and material, light and form, ground and sky. Lastly, memorialization is an attempt to express ephemeral concepts in physical form—spatial and material constructs of the unknown. 3 Memorials are not for the dead, but for the living.

Korydon Smith, Professor