Humans have been enshrining and memorializing their dead for millennia. While rituals and symbolic forms vary widely across cultures and religions, all are rooted in similar desires: honoring a life and coping with loss.
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 are all factors that could lead architects to reimagine our own exit.
EXIT Architecture is a speculative look at designing for the afterlife in all of its potential architectural forms and new ways of marking our exit. The exhibition presents a critical, projective, and speculative look at the present and future of this realm of design—through personal and individual examples of design for the hereafter, as well as approaches that affect or can be adopted by many.
Client: Art OMI
Program: Cultural, Exhibit
Size: 1,500 SF
Location: Ghent, NY; Union, NJ; Brooklyn, NY
Curators: Kyle May, Julia van den Hout, Warren James
Exhibition Design: KM,A
Graphic Design: Original Copy
Participants: AD-WO, Aleksandr Mergold, ANAH, Bade Stageberg Cox, BEAU Architects, Giann Matias, Jason Vigneri-Beane, JeongChoi Works, KONYK Architecture, Lebbeus Woods, Michaela Metcalfe, Richard Ceccanti Aston, Roderick Cruz, Studio Ames, Yongwoo Park