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time's labyrinth

urban cemetery

university of wisconsin - milwaukee

spring 2016

“Everyone sees the world in a different way; so when someone dies, it is - in a way - the death of an entire world.”


Time’s Labyrinth is an answer to a growing problem in many cities, the use of valuable, urban land for cemeteries. A universal solution is creating a single, skyward cemetery, becoming a monument to those who have passed.

This concept of a cemetery grows over time with the use of ceremonial ashes recycled into vertical bricks. Different materials would work, such as glass bricks filled with ashes. Although the renderings shown, use bricks that are made with concrete mixed with ashes. It would take well over 100 years to reach the qualities demonstrated in the last step of the diagram and renderings.

The practicality of a labyrinth for healing is proven. Since ancient times they have been used to reduce stress. With modern testing, we have learned that walking a labyrinth slows heart rates, lowers blood pressure, and patients routinely say there is a perceivable reduction in their pain levels.

Dealing with the death of a loved one is painful. Walking through Time’s Labyrinth may help reduce one’s pain, all the while creating a tranquil and solemn environment to reflect on those who have passed. 
The renderings tell a story of this place, many years in the future, in a disturbing alternate reality. 

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