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Death in Venice

An exhibition looking at the relationship between death, cities and architecture

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An exhibition looking at how societal attitudes to death have changed over the past 100 years and how architecture related to death and dying (hospitals, hospices, care homes, crematoria and cemeteries) has changed with it. The exhibition used a series of playful, interactive exhibits to look at the relationship between death, our cities and buildings, and to raise questions about how they might be different in future.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Where we die greatly affects how we die.

The video related to the project is here (the above upload link wouldn't work):


Alison Killing. Full exhibition credits at

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Hi Alison, thanks for sharing the exhibit and the ted talk (:
I'm glad you bring up the history of the architecture around death, specifically, hospitals. 
Our offices aren't boring cubicles anymore - they're constantly being converted to exciting and engaging spaces for working. So I think you're right, hospitals and graves were left behind when we decided to redesign spaces for modern times.

I find this very similar to Chiara Pineschi 's post, Can architecture help create a better way to die? . Check it out, you guys have similar ideas!

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