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Name: Anastasiia Blinova

Nationality: russian

Institution / Company: Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering (KSUAE)




Name: Rezeda Akhtiamova

Nationality: russian

Institution / Company: Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering (KSUAE)


-FINALIST of Non Architecture Award Competition | Category: Aspatial


Urbanization has led to a sharp increase in the population in cities. Cities grow, and so do burial sites: cemeteries land are gradually overflowing. The author considers necropolis from three positions: as a repository of human experiences, as an urban space and as a scientific laboratory. Traditional burial methods are becoming less desirable, as they are not environmentally friendly and take up scarce land. New urban cemeteries offer such innovations as alternative burial methods and implementation of digital technologies forming virtual cemeteries. From now, the City Necropolis creates a link between life and death in the urban fabric, used as a public space by citizens, not as a “wasted” territory. 

The main idea of the project is to create a place of memory, human history and the unit of an eco-friendly compact burial. To implement the concept of the necropolis, a abandoned shopping center in the city historical center was chosen, where the dense urban environment and centuries-standing history provide a basis for the development of a new typology. The shopping center building is being preserved and used as a framework for the future necropolis. Eight unique volumes are being introduced into the framework: a memory museum, a chapel complex, a vertical columbarium, a datacenter, a greenhouse, a death research center, funeral workshops and services. 

Memory museum relates with family history learning and emotional experiencing. The museum includes data storage and exhibition areas with individual capsules. The greenhouse provides seedlings for parkland, evolved with sustainable burial methods. Introducing identity into the burial sites by hand-made created artifacts is also welcomed. 

From now, can we reconsider our view at Architecture of Death?


Project Type: Urban necropolis







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