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City of Zagreb
City Office for Physical Planning, Construction, Communal Affairs and Traffic


Faculty of Architecture
University of Zagreb


City Acupuncture


Oris - House of Architecture




City of Zagreb
City Office for Culture, Education and Sport


Republic of Croatia
Ministry of Culture

Work title: The Dead Zone. The new death cycle of the contemporary city

We go from an urban reality congested and overcrowded. An expansive landscape and urban development whose limits are only set by a rough topography. We go therefore from of the increasingly urgent need to revive and discover new spaces that meet the uses that people want to give, that is, truly create new public spaces. Cemeteries, crematories, mausoleums, etc, occupy a disproportionate amount of space. Under this, the design of a plan able to relocate the bodies of those places in a respectful and less comprehensive way, in terms of horizontal space, becomes a benefit to both the city and its citizens. Creation of new public spaces, reuse of dead spaces and foster intercultural coexistence through rituals involving death, are just some of the benefits. Through a strategy developed in three phases of causal logic and a fourth of cyclic order, is achieved a restructure of the city to revive the vast lands dedicated to the burial of the deceased. At the same time taking advantage of unused spaces to relocate the dead of old cemeteries and embrace the future and continuous flow of new bodies. Horizontality results in a structured and optimizing vertical space. Phase 1. EVICTION: We proceed to the withdrawal of all the dead from the cemeteries thus causing the creation of Free Spaces of Citizen Self-Management (FSCS). They go to fulfill a multipurpose function, open to a control for citizens throughout a non-hierarquical structure. Phase 2. RELOCATION: With an eye on making the most out of the residual spaces of a city, it is proposed to locate these dead spaces in a building where all the dead are concentrated; either lots, unoccupied houses, roundabouts or any residual space of the city . Phase 3. CREATE THE VERTICAL SPACE: A flexible construction that can gather inside all kinds of rites and burial customs in an intercultural environment. The space creates a new way to treat a whole atmosphere of death and its rituals across religions. Phase 4 . DEATH: Cultural Interaction From the construction of vertical space, this will become the continuous receiver deaths. Deaths as food for the continuity of the new space. The existence of vertical space depends corpses flow inexorably over time. The existence of vertical space is imperishable and permanent. The key point in the process is understood as a strategy or protocol in cities that transform spaces death into horizontal new ground for citizen management. The need to bury the dead is a reality in many cultures and many countries; it is a reality that can arise in an innovative way making a vertical process that will collect a large number of corpses in a small space. A strategy of urban renewal in addition to reuse disused spaces of the city for construction of new "places of death" frees a lot of land released for public use of citizens. It should be noted as well that an approach like this can have a cultural and social impact in their environment capable of changing the status quo of relations between cultures, traditions and religions involved. By unifying the set of ways of dealing with the death of each religion in one place intended to achieve intercultural relationship to provide not only an environment of connivance, but coexistence manifests. The possibilities of this are unimaginable. Free Spaces of Citizen Self-Management (FSCS) are born to a critical reflection on the current use of some spaces, to reconsider the appropriateness of such use, the urgent necessity of delegating citizens legitimate public space management; an unquestionable right.
Work details
Application Number 0000703091
Author Acedo-Rico Pablo-Romero, Luis , Spain
Coauthors Matínez Jiménez, Hugo ,
Rodenas, Ana ,
Ruiz Pastor, Alicia ,

Juror Comments

  • Juror @ 13/08/2015 11:32:36
    The work has fulfilled most of the competition demands. The jury recognizes the value of the proposition, although the quality of the entry does not suffice for the third round of the competition.
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