The Architecture Of Death | ArchDailyFrank Lloyd Wright June 8, — April 9, was an American architect , interior designer, writer, and educator, who designed more than 1, structures, of which were completed. Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was best exemplified by Fallingwater , which has been called "the best all-time work of American architecture. Wright was the pioneer of what came to be called the Prairie School movement of architecture, and he also developed the concept of the Usonian home in Broadacre City , his unique vision for urban planning in the United States. In addition to his houses, Wright designed original and innovative offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, museums, and other structures.
A collection of source documents in the history, theory and criticism of 20th-century architecture. Building a digital library of writings on architecture offers itself also as an opportunity to rethink the architecture of digital library itself and ask how it can open up to new methods of research and discovery. In the experiment, primary function of the library is kept — it firstly exists to serve as a resource for architectural research. But does it? Digital libraries are composed of numerous screens linked to each other by the complex logic of database design and bibliographic data. They are tremendously useful when we know what we are looking for, but not so great when we are interested in learning and discovering things closely related to those we are already familiar with.
Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. Isaac Asimov — Goodbye Architecture is largely based on a long-term study of the architecture of crematoria in Europe. In the five years that we spent working on this architecture study and producing the book, we not only got many surprised looks but we were also often asked what inspired us to study this subject in the first place. Even thinking about human mortality and death seems to make many people uncomfortable. Fortunately, we also noticed how in every case, initial restraint quickly turned into fascination: for the beautiful buildings, for the people who work there with a lot of passion and attention and for the way crematoria show how differently the various European cultures each deal with death and the final farewell.
At the Venice Biennale , away from the concentrated activity of the Arsenale and Giardini, was Death in Venice : one of the few independent projects to take root that year. It saw the hospitals, cemeteries, crematoria and hospices of London interactively mapped creating, as Gian Luca Amadei put it, an overview of the capital's "micro-networks of death. In late Killing , a Rotterdam-based British architect, was selected to become a TED Fellow and was given the opportunity to speak about the research behind the project at a conference in Rio de Janeiro. Her five minute talk follows a similar track to the exhibition, tackling the 'architecture of death' - a relatively neglected aspect of the architectural discourse. She asserts how "hospitals, funeral chapels, crematoria and cemeteries once used to set an example that would be followed," and how "these forms [once] would set trends and define values for architecture more widely. Today, this once strong position seems to have faded away completely, despite the fact that the need for design related to death and dying is greater than ever before. With average life spans increasing, and with the rise of degenerative diseases, the period of time in which we deal with end-of-life processes has extended and with it, our exposure to the architecture of hospitals, hospices, care and nursing homes, as well as crematoria and cemeteries.