April 20, 2022
Future100: Students Design for Death
Sabidussi’s classmate Yuxuan Xiong also questioned traditional mourning rituals with Lightbringer, a belowground memorial between Hudson River piers 62 and 63. He and three classmates, Bolai Ren, Yiyi Luo, and Zhongming Fang, submitted a “reverse skyscraper” to the eVolo Skyscraper Competition during the height of the pandemic. They didn’t win, but their design did raise questions about ritual and remembrance in the context of COVID-19.
In Lightbringer, mourners descend from street level down a spiral walk into a deep atrium to send off loved ones or visit cremains, while workers operate the crematorium. The furnaces’ heat powers entangled strands of eye-grabbing optic fibers above, while river water churns through the structure, protecting it from floods.
“At the time, we were in a very hard situation where we couldn’t have large gatherings,” Xiong says. “So we thought it would be nice to have something that’s large and can be seen from different angles, something that helps you think about the sort of memories that you want to cherish. This memorial sculpture allows people to heal.”
ASU’s Fusion on First Cut Its Energy Needs—and Costs—by Half
Designed by Studio Ma, the facility proves that higher education buildings can deliver on student experience, urban connectivity, and climate action while keeping the bottom line under control.
Grace La on Eileen Gray’s E-1027 Table
The chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard GSD reflects on the Irish architect’s iconic design.
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