Second Life


Name: YiYang Chai

Nationality: Malaysian

Institution / Company: University of Malaya, Malaysia




Humankind is always part of nature, so as our death. We craft our living environment from nature and inhabit by it, yet we tend to disassociate away from nature as we progress. The mining site is one of it, evident as a leftover land of the disrupted ecosystem. This proposal revolves around the central thesis: “ If our presence is resulting in deterioration of nature, how would our death being a reparation?”

By using Capsula Mundi burial pod, the dimension of death can be inverted into new lifeform as a forest, grow upon the structural framework that restores the topography of chasm- like a hanging garden. It is symbolical to a heaven of forest, which the afterlives ascends to the higher place whereas the living ones gaze at their love ones from the chamber underneath the garden. Taking Zichuan extraction site as a template, this proposal suggests an ecological necropolis as the second life of the mining site, as well as the second life of humanity.

“Re-imagining an ethical emblem of human towards nature: to born within nature, to die within nature.”


#econecropolis #foresttapestry  #livinguponthenature  #disruptedlandscape  #tombofreborn

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