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Re-Imagining the Urban Crematorium | Architectural Sheets

Archi Display Festival 2020 Entry 131
PROJECT BY: Shravan Suresh Iyer (@shravan_04 [IG] @shravan.suresh.7 )
COLLEGE: University of Mumbai
YEAR OF STUDYING : Architecture Firm
PROJECT TYPE: Studio Design Sheets
PUBLISHED BY: Archipedia

Crematorium and cemetery planning have been influenced by society and its cultural beliefs where the idea of a sacred space is partially lost. This could be due to rapid increase in population and increase in demand for land which invariably doesn’t leave much scope for such public spaces in the urban context. The lack of sensitivity in planning has led to grim and unpleasant yet functional architecture, being perceived as taboo spaces.
The project looks to re-think crematoriums in the city as a module where a secular approach is undertaken to understand the psychology of the primary user (mourner) without any religious bias. By segregating public, making provisions for a public park and a contemplative park, the proposal looks to make such public spaces approachable, inviting, experiential and viable.