The residents of the world’s largest city have started to wake up to new neighbors. Neighbors who are silent, but whose presence is opposed by many nonetheless. As the average age and population increase, Tokyo is being forced to face the issue of burial space.
In the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, arch out loud challenges designers to develop proposals for a vertical cemetery that explores the relationship between life and death within the city. The need to examine this condition affords designers the opportunity to not just efficiently respond to the issue of space but also look into the cultural identity that this solemn program can project within its environment.
Private developers in Tokyo have used temples as covers to build cemetery plots which they can sell for ten times the price of land without taxes. This practice results in the unwanted placement of cemeteries adjacent to homes in the already densely populated neighborhoods of Tokyo. Amplifying this issue are the everchanging demographics of Tokyo. As the age and population increase, Tokyo is being forced to face the issue of burial space.
Prizes total to $8,000
OVERALL WINNER – $5,000 + AO feature and certificate
Runnerup 1 – $1,000 + Death + Architecture feature
Runnerup 2 – $1,000 + Death + Architecture feature
Runnerup 3 – $1,000 + Death + Architecture feature
10 Honorable Mentions – AO feature and certificate
Directors Choice – AO feature and certificate
Tom Wiscombe – Founder, Tom Wiscombe Architecture | SCIArc
Liam Young – Founder, Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today | Princeton University, SCIArc, AA
Alison Killing – Founder, Killing Architects | Curator, Death In Venice
Karla Britton – Head of Architecture Theory | Yale University
Curtis Roth – Ohio State University Knowlton School, Akademie Schloss Solitude
Ania Molenda – Architect/Researcher | Curator, Death In Venice
Rafael Luna – Founder, PRAUD
Dongwoo Yim – Founder, PRAUD
+ FUTURE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Advanced Registration – July 17th
Early Registration – August 15th
Regular Registration – September 23rd
Submission Deadline – September 24th
The TOKYO VERTICAL CEMETERY competition is open to students, professionals and designers of any experience level. Architects, urban planners, interior designers etc are encouraged to participate. Teams may enter as a solo designer or with up to four total team members. Selected competition works will be included within the DEATH + ARCHITECTURE printed publication to follow the competition results. This publication will investigate the relation between death and architecture from perspectives within and outside of the design realm.
3D models, detailed CAD linework and a portfolio of site photos are available to competition
Contact arch out loud at firstname.lastname@example.org