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.”
Shanghai’s Newest Library Takes Conceptual Cues from Chinese Scholar’s Rocks
Danish practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen designed Shanghai Library East to encourage exploration and connect with the community.
Three New and Refreshed Museums Mark Valencia’s Status as World Design Capital
While the city’s design scene enjoys its moment in the sun, the Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporánea, Bombas Gens, and CaixaForum aim to cement Valencia as a cultural destination.
At Deutsche Bank’s New York Headquarters, Work Is About More than the Desk
A move uptown was an opportunity for the financial giant and Gensler, its designer, to explore a new, more flexible way of working.