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Title: The architecture of remembrance : addressing cremation
Authors: Grima, Nicole Marie (2020)
Keywords: Cremation -- Malta
Crematoriums -- Malta
Crematoriums -- Malta -- Design and construction
Issue Date: 2020
Citation: Grima, N.M. (2020). The architecture of remembrance: addressing cremation (Master's dissertation).
Abstract: Throughout the years, societies have altered the way in which death is perceived and consequently the architecture associated with death and remembrance. Upon referring to numerous studies and reflecting on the influences that time has on death and architecture, one questions where we are headed in terms of architecture for the dead and remembrance. In the western world, death is often considered as the ultimate failure of the human body. Death in itself is an unavoidable part of life, but to an extent is seen as a defect in the human anatomy. Moreover, one should make the appropriate studies which relate the built environment to the eventuality of death and make the appropriate plans for it. In recent years cremation has been one of the most debated plans in Malta when it comes to planning for the final disposition of the dead. In fact, it has been on the Government’s agenda for several years, and in early 2019, the Cremation Act was enacted. When considering the introduction of this legislation, it is important to understand the main reasons why it is necessary for the local government to adopt this legislation. It is paramount to understand the potential consequences this would have on both the architecture associated with burial spaces and society in general. One should be aware of the challenges that cremation would have on the design of burial spaces and the concept of remembrance. Cremation can possibly alter the way people perceive death and how the living commemorate the deceased. Having a clear understanding of the public’s perception on cremation can potentially serve to better inform what is expected of burial sites and their design. Perceptions of death, funeral rites and methods of final disposition of the dead are very often influenced by aspects such as age, gender, religious beliefs and personal experiences. The continuous increase of foreigners in Malta has also been another influencing factor for changing perceptions. A set of design principles for the architecture of remembrance, particularly the architecture of crematoria show that the users and functionality of the space should be of primary importance in designing spaces. Nonetheless, one should take into consideration aspects of aesthetics and contextual references.
Description: M.ARCH.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacBen - 2020
Dissertations - FacBenAUD - 2020

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