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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Erasmus, Jacobus Petrus
Email jakeserasmus@gmail.com
URN etd-07082011-103132
Document Title A living necropolis : the introduction of a necropolis to the inner city of Pretoria, focusing on the cycle of life
Degree MArch(Prof)
Department Architecture
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Ms C Combrinck Committee Chair
Keywords
  • cycle of life
  • between
  • collective dwelling
  • promatorium
  • burial
  • Necropolis
  • vertical cemetery
Date 2011-09-09
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The proposed thesis design is a necropolis (city of the dead) in the form of a vertical park structure through which alternative methods of burial are investigated. The question of an architectural expression of consciousness to overcome cultural norms and challenge perceptions is researched through the theoretical exploration of the following: the cycle of life; the physical and meta-physical between; and collective dwelling.

Through exploring ways of sensitively infusing urban environments with an awareness and acknowledgement of death, life is celebrated by exposing death through a physical manifestation of the whole cycle of life, which will transcend several generations of urban dwellers. In populating the between, these antimonument memorials would become accepted over time and a meta-physical awareness would be created to produce a new culture of urban life.

2011 University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria.

Please cite as follows:

Erasmus, JP 2011, A living necropolis : the introduction of a necropolis to the inner city of Pretoria, focusing on the cycle of life, MArch(Prof) dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-07082011-103132/ >

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