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60 more than away. Functionalism Louis XIV. to live as long as possible. no discussion of death is really not leaving!). So. run and swim and go to yoga every morning). 35 more than Queen Victoria. death girl. Fine. anticipate Can we have this discussion without ever referring to dying at 120. Our generation will be even worse (in possible. they stay alive. 1970s) become adults at 40. Death removes customers political decision that has never been discussed as from the market and most importantly saddens other such) has major consequences. And if making monuments. expect our we are told. take drugs under medical death from the city: no mourning. What is a tomb for? A mausoleum? So. It lost both the naivety of believing you want an example of a country ruled by the same that something deserves to be remembered. We never discuss our desperate refusal to die. Alive people desperately want to acquainted with death. always Mardi Gras. We even think it’s good pensions and social welfare debated on a daily basis. degrading the new-born is growing. We ought are not allowed to show for radical anti-immigration to be polite enough to leave the world to others. Soon the rich learned death. given that it unprepared for death. shops cannot close. to a certain extent. People born in 1975 can reasonably its biological and anthropological presuppositions? Is expect to make it to 2100. as if we don’t even know it will ultimately relies on the hope that the rich of the future one day happen to us. just think of contemporary Italy. but also egotism against others who are with death more or less every day (just go to India and not yet born (whose existence will be. 70 more than Mussolini. It lost its fear and – consequently – its courage. and the people for too long. if they are wealthy enough. it really possible to talk about pensions without once Medical research is investing heavily in us. control. so for 90 whole years! 75 more While the infrastructure of death was being hidden than Napoleon.We ought to die at 75. while just go to any non-religious funeral and squirm as it the world’s population is increasing. 20 more than knew about monuments and memory. they followed its protocols. Just consider how long people who emerged was pretty much an anti-death movement. Our death-illiteracy is complete: will be generous enough to unfreeze them). power from 30 to 120. We blame babies the same sloppiness (like when you discover you’re expected to way we blame migrants (they take our jobs!) and support make one of those horrible “authentic” mini-speeches birth control with the unwavering enthusiasm we in which you always end up telling the most irrelevant 2 . It’s more than enough. They all believe they deserve it. see how death is still everywhere). as we are doubtless far more precious to a pharma company than a nine-year-old Bolivian The problem with death is that it does not sell. postponed. make kids at 50. policies. If we imagine that rich customers. Can it really be good for our society? Or even for Anyhow. no funerals anymore. No Lent. mostly eat vegan shit. Always Christmas. This extension of the lifespan of the wealthy (a depresses the market. at best. In western us as individuals? Over the last 20 years we have seen countries we just go on and on. Traffic cannot stop. The surge of rule these people are extremely healthy: they don’t capitalism corresponds to the progressive removal of drink. this is not what’s happening. People slowly got if not simply erased). Indeed. And with mentioning death? good reason. architecture unlearned everything it once Stalin. architecture has been incapable of worse in political terms is simply not possible). the pressure on degenerates into the most embarrassing. but why is the population ageing? flesh to be amenable to blowjobs until 90. maturity of establishing explicit hierarchies in the The egotism of the contemporary rich is not just the city. so death – even the name – had to be Swiss or Californians could soon live to be 150 (as a banned from the modern capitalistic city. usual egotism against others who happen to be alive at In an archaic society there was some ritual associated the same time. Now we are completely will all freeze themselves (a bizarre idea. We (westerners born in the The population is ageing and we need to work longer. since the sense that we will last longer in medical terms – functionalism. with May ’68 have been on the scene (and they’re still in functional terms. no this means that the current elite could easily be in Muharram.

in one last act of love. Give all public money to schools. You die surviving it. and you go home feeling that your friend lived are dying. Imagine this becomes a kind of private ritual. we are actually There is something definitive about death. Is it worth it? Are we really so attached to life per se? We ought to die at 75. ask your spouse to dispatch you at the right moment. By not dying. then at least in confronting it). Forbid sport. Death is formal. form. You die as a retard and an asshole and people cannot help but remember you as a retard and an asshole. Maybe worry priests. Imagine taking responsibility for their departure from life. the life of a dog and wondering why it was not possible to And yet. No more than five years of retirement. Or better still.possible anecdotes in praise of your dead friend: John • The experience of death • loved barbecue. one of the reasons for form is that • 75 is enough • it seems to be one of the few things that is able to If nowadays in Western Europe you die at 90 plus. It’s more than enough. Which leaves the problem of how to randomly decrease the age of the population. to die is one of the few certain privileges we get a damn priest to do the thing with a grain of decency. this loss of death is something that should classical (for instance: death comes only once). Its rules are explicit and somehow (By the way. acquired when we were born. Maybe just stop investing in medical research. after two to five years of dementia. Before you reach that point you’ve become in all this miserable informality is there a moment of so demented with Alzheimer’s that you never realize you dignity. So you will not experience death. in which you meet your mother or father (or wife or husband) for 3 . stop supporting charities that finance hospitals. Work until you’re 70 (the only thing on which neo-liberalism is right). Never die anymore. leaving your family How to think of a contemporary city where people also with such horrible immediate memories that no one die? How to make architecture for mortal beings? is able to salvage their memories of your earlier self. conversely. you withstand death (if not in the sense of defeating or even normally die of Alzheimer’s or something like it. Step up alcohol and substance abuse.) cemeteries and neoclassicism. imams and shamans far more than they this is the reason for the undeniable link between are now worrying about euthanasia. I One of the main issues with death is that you don’t even remember the first time we went to Amsterdam). Then play golf and go to the Bahamas a few times and then die. But then what about singles? And then widows? • Dress Sexy at My Funeral My Good Wife • Imagine you did not want to leave your parents in the hands of a bureaucracy specializing in death. You consume your entire dowry of future memories just to survive miserably for two or three more years. Steffi was such a fan of Radiohead. and we should not be too keen on giving it up. Or. and this is defrauded of one the biggest spectacles associated possibly what establishes a link between death and with our life.

das Denkmäler nötig hat. An all-you-can-eat death buffet. Why? Aren’t we still in the unhappy lands that building remained more or less constant through the need monuments? Don’t we need to glorify something different versions. the results were entirely unsensational. to a certain extent. Imagine these actions Eastern Europe up to the beginning of the twentieth need places to happen. His camera equipment was very (Ukraine). The mausoleum navigated the seas of constructivism and • Castrum Doloris • socialist realism by remaining somehow alien to both Castrum doloris. Castrum (Croatia). the cultural context in which it was (no matter what)? produced underwent a radical transformation. For war reportage. the castrum doloris – as well as other forms like? of temporary architecture – provided occasions to A temple to kill the one(s) you love. what Fenton produced was Hugo famously wrote ceçi tuera cela. Cela meaning a quiet horror. ornately • Unglücklich das Land. cumbersome. experiment with temporary monuments. Very common in Germany and 4 . is and the same time exposing a place where the two the name for the structure (generally a pyramid with could meet. Castrator (USA). Place and glorify. fake. There is a very beautiful castrum doloris by Fischer von • Dictionnaire de la mort • Erlach for Kaiser Joseph I. made twice in timber.the last time before killing them. And that’s where the extreme beauty and architecture. candles and coats of arms) below and around the coffin of a deceased VIP. still suffers from the modernist anti-monumental once – the last time – in stone. 1977) Contemporary architecture is incapable of producing • 1. revolving around the stages is said to have asked soldiers to bring into the little at which his body should be put on show. there is a Norwegian Black Metal band compendium related to death. size and scene probably still mattered. contemporary architecture relatively small stepped pyramid. Lenin’s mausoleum has been made three times. also the deep sadness of these images lies. Lachaise cemetery. Fenton subject of a singular conflict. but the Third Republic insisted on a state funeral. Hence de Triomphe. The pictures When Hugo died on 22 May 1885 at 84. According valley the cannonballs that appear in the picture now to his will. Hugo wanted to be buried at the Père known as The Valley of the Shadow of Death. from remarkable called Castrum Doloris. In 1967 Robert Sabatier published a thorough Not to mention. 2. (Ludwig Wittgenstein. places. Castration Party (Australia). his casket was taken to the Panthéon in there can be no architecture where there is nothing to a procession watched by two million people. he became the are all staged and also. or Trauerburg. Castrum document the war. a sort of primitive realism. from iconography to Names of ten metal bands preceding Castrum Doloris in decorations.metal-archives. or castle of sorrow. Castrado Cadaver (Singapore). so he could only take posed pictures. 3 Lenin • monuments. What would these places look century. and all three versions very similar. Castrofate (USA). Castrated Senile Bastards • A Thousand Balls • (France). A become in recent years. testaments to weird burials. Castos (Poland). • Victor Hugo’s Funeral • Instead of Full Metal Jacket. from curses to poems from all times and alphabetical order according to www. • decorated bier that filled most of the arch of the Arc Architecture immortalizes and glorifies something. After being displayed on a tall. com: Castoreum (Germany). Vermischte Bemerkungen. Always No matter how conservative and picturesque it has in the same spot. While the form of the taboo. In autumn 1854 Roger Fenton went to Crimea to Castrensis (Denmark).

Well done Tadao! And lucky you. Cooper. it is one of the most convincing projects of • Very Cool Piece of Design • recent years. pops out from a metal box. cemetery. burn-out. 5 degrees. You stop. In the time you • Laurel Hill • saved you can eat more shit. until he was lost at sea in 1983. Heading into downtown Philadelphia •LES• from the north. You sign. far have become good business. and possibly • 88 Ghats • also because there was little or no actual scientific Ghats are stepped terraces leading to the river Ganges. You see the line of neo-gothic. neoclassical tombs unfold among the trees and the Now (you can imagine what it is about). There is a large cross and caskets for the series of displacements that followed a small. you drive for a few minutes along the The Life Extension Society was founded in 1964 by Evan river and the cemetery. Scientifically. and There are a few places in the United States where you around half a million more are buried there every year. for funerary ceremonies including cremation and the 5 . author of Immortality: Physically. A family grave window. On the opposite riverbank is the Schuylkill Expressway. In the USA. dovetailed joints at the four vertical edges. finding Simple box in cypress wood with a cross and a capital ugly. buttresses. river. Rome along the Via Appia had a similar experience. large caskets The cemetery at Sori is the true cimetière marin. caskets are more striking than the one at Sète that inspired Valéry. “he turned away from cryonics because of Frank Furness is buried at Laurel Hill. The According to his former wife. trapezoidal in plan. Mildred (quoted in city is approached through its dead citizens. not to mention post more Laurel Hill is a 30-hectare cemetery along the Schuylkill Facebook shit. white cubic volume. slightly higher at one end. probably used only for the In 1964 Ottokar Uhl built a small chapel commemorating funeral and later emptied and substituted with other the Battle of Saint Gotthard. 453kg). overload. take a look at the casket from a window and leave. gigantic Buddha in your search for architectural M. • Tadao Ando’s Buddha • dispersal of ashes into the river. These caskets • Wadi-us-Salaam • can withstand a weight of 1000 pounds (c. press a button and a register book costs around €3. People arriving in Cooper stopped his cryonics activities by 1970. Wikipedia). They used to be the stage spent sailing. The cemetery is close to the shrine of Imam Ali and so it is holy to Shia • Drive-thru Viewing • Muslims. or Valley of Peace. They Wadi-us-Salaam. • Caskets for Obese Booming • • Le cimetière marin • With 34 per cent of Americans obese. and a general sense that it was not going to be a viable option in his lifetime”. The remainder of his life he In Varanasi there are 88 ghats.000. around the size of a double bed). with incredibly simple the process of canonization. is the world’s largest can only be moved with machines. It contains around five million bodies. redemption… producing a slope of c. Made to contain the dead • Ottokar Uhl’s little chapel in Burgenland • body of Pope John Paul II. can actually pay your final respects at a drive-thru Corpses arrive from all over the world. Such ceremonies are Honestly we don’t know how it happened that Tadao now less and less common as the river got more and Ando built this amazing dome around the ugly. Buddha in the Sapporo cemetery. river and melt into the traffic jam. now industrially produced in widths up to 52 inches (c. 132cm. gigantic more polluted. support for its methods. covering six square kilometres. However it came about.

do not design a non-house. Simon Ungers. • A House for the Non-Born • In his amazing fable/treatise Hilarotragedia (1964). he wasn’t born. • Just in Case You’re Wondering • shop and pray. Please could you design a house for the non-born? (And please. Then their leader died and the sect disbanded. be kind. because of an embarrassing mistake in the operation of the universe. the Village death: Francesco Borromini’s sort of harakiri (Florida). • Cocoon • Failed suicides resulting in sickness and ultimately Montpellier Metropole. Get tanned and play golf. Aldo Rossi. James Stirling Heart attacks: Louis Kahn in the public toilets at Penn Station. Le Corbusier drowned at Cap Martin Murder: Apollodorus first exiled and later murdered by Emperor Hadrian. And to hell with the youngsters.) • The Anti-Dead • In the same book Manganelli speaks of the anti-dead. Sun City (Arizona). • Fabulous Deaths of Architects • Accidents: Giuseppe Mengoni falls from the scaffolding of the Galleria Car accidents: Antoni Gaudí crashing against a tram. Takis Zenetos 6 . 110–21). Present at the wedding of his parents. His absence in the world creates all sorts of mismatches: the mother who did not deliver him becomes neurotic and obsessed with sex and finally a slut. a sect that considered death impolite – a cowardly retreat from the human consortium – and so persecuted the dead by desecrating tombs and vandalizing cemeteries. We do not accept entries about Modena cemetery. the non-born was furnished with a decent soul and a body in apparently good working order but then somehow. Giorgio Manganelli tells the story of the non-born (pp. the lover that the non-born should have married becomes a beggar and is raped by an alcoholic who is then promptly killed in a car accident orchestrated by the same celestial powers that had failed so miserably in organizing the birth of the non-born. Stanford White killed by the husband of a former lover Overwork: Karl Friedrich Schinkel Suicides: Mario Ridolfi. Just three of an increasing number of gated communities for the elderly.

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