PARK YOUR SOUL IN HEAVEN
X+ Pedro Martins
Location New York
Status 2nd Prize
“There are four indisputable facts creating a quandary about the disposition of human remains: a rapidly increasing population, urbanization, a finite amount of land and the certainty of death. Every year, globally, more people migrate to cities and live in increasingly close quarters, which creates a premium on finite land. This premium on real estate often makes the use of land for the interment of the dead inefficient, if not wasteful. ”
by Christopher Coutts in A Lifetime after the Baby Boom, a Burial Boom, New York Times, October 2013
Like it is unconceivable to imagine a city without cars, it should also be unimaginable to conceive a city without its dead inhabitant’s remains. A big part of us was already born in the city and will most certainly die there. Aren ́t we allowed to linger in the city, where we lived out our lives, forever?
If there isn ́t enough space for both the living and the dead, and their cars, then an efficient metropolitan solution should be proposed. This proposal’s featured concept establishes the relation of the proportion of soil occupied by cars and graves (parkings and cemeteries), and concludes that a vertical growth could be a beginning.