Date of Award
Master of Architecture
James F. Williamson
Tim E. Michael
Death is a taboo subject in our society and our cemeteries are a reflection of our collective repression of the idea of death. Contemporary culture has desacralized our built enviroment by moving our sacred cemeteries from the center of the city, to the outskirts where they are forgotten about. Is there still a place for the cemetery in everyday life? If so, how does one create a place that speaks equally to the aspects of life and death? This thesis is based on the conviction that burial grounds can be integrated into everyday life, and that there should be a place for the sacred in the increasingly secular city. The site is in the South Main Arts District of Memphis, Tennessee, on the grounds of a former cemetery.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Selkirk, Anthea J., "An Urban Cemetery: Weaving an Architectural Thread between the Sacred and the City" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 928.