Pleased to be included in the upcoming issue of SOILED ...
SOILED - Issue No. 6 - Deathscrapers:
"I am not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens." - Woody Allen
Deathscrapers summons the architecture that surrounds the dearly departed. If Woody Allen’s aphorism generalizes a broad American apprehension for openly discussing matters of death, Deathscrapers is its architectural antidote and seeks to knock at death’s (literal) door to uncover issues of narrative, memory, and form. Deathscrapers spans all scales of spaces for the dead and the bereaved, from urns and caskets, to morgues and mortuaries, mausoleums and cemeteries, even enormous necropolises. Adolf Loos declared, “Only a very small part of architecture belongs to art: the tomb and the monument.” Deathscrapers will purvey playful stories that are simultaneously as serious as the grave. How can architecture bring new life into rituals and environments for the dead? How might aesthetics participate in a new necropolitan culture? Is it productive to render the morbid more social? Akin to previous issues of SOILED, Deathscrapers welcomes ideas that might transcend their mortality on the printed page. Queue the requiem and warm up the hearse: are you ready to go?
SOILED is a periodical of architectural stories that makes a mess of the built environment and the politics of space. Our stories are unexpected, accessible, and they instigate mischief! This means a close and serious - and sometimes humorous - examination of the mundane and in-between spaces we inhabit or traverse on a daily basis; a license to boldly, creatively, and irreverently challenge conventional architectural interventions and interpretations. Rather than imagining what the world should be, SOILED delights in envisioning what the world could be. We believe that by intensifying the fictive and storytelling potential in architecture, we might engage a broader public in architectural ideas from discourse to action. (soiledzine.org)
Pre-order a printed copy for US delivery or international delivery. Deathscrapers will print towards the end of summer 2016.