EXIT Architecture: Speculations for the Hereafter

January 12 – March 3, 2019
Benenson Center

Humans have been enshrining and memorializing their dead for millennia. While forms and rituals vary widely across cultures and religions, we are nonetheless reacting to similar desires: memorializing a life, coping with loss, religious symbolism, returning to nature, etc.

The realities of the world today have imposed additional restrictions and opportunities on internment: rapid population growth, densifying urban areas, limited space, environmental concerns, and digitization—all factors that could lead architects to reimagine our own exit.

EXIT Architecture is a speculative look at designing for the afterlife in all its potential architectural and design forms, and new ways of marking our exit. This open call for projects seeks proposals for physical artifacts that present a critical, projective, and speculative look at the present and future of this realm of design. Projects may be personal and individual examples of design for the hereafter, or propose approaches that affect or can be adopted by many. 

EXIT Architecture is curated by Warren James, and Julia van den Hout + Kyle May of Original Copy.

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