The Architecture of Everyday Death

29/01/2016
The Architecture of Everyday Death
Architecture School of the Princeton University [Princeton-NJ] USA
metalocus, IGOR BRAGADO, MILES GERTLER
"The Architecture of Everyday Death" by Igor Bragado and Miles Gertler
Igor Bragado and Miles Gertler present "The Architecture of Everyday Death", a piece that will soon be a book, explaining their proposal to rethink and reintegrate death in the everyday life through the analysis of the Dover Military Air Base, the only mortuary port of the US army.

The Architecture of Everyday Death

Elevators deliver transfer cases and traditional caskets to rooms in a hotel-like block reserved for funeral services. Bodies intended for value extraction continue in refrigerated cases, on delivery Sentinels, to the Necro-Prairie. The neighbourhood’s plan of cul-de-sacs not only adopts the existing suburban typology of the adjacent base housing, but also conforms to the centripetal distribution of the Sentinel.

In the Necro-Prairie, families of the dead elect to have their loved ones processed within the domestic realm. Like Leonidov’s linear city, housing is concentrated in a central core, in symbiosis with attendant recreational, political, and virtual programs at its edge. Here the symbiosis is twofold. On the one hand, energy, heat, and fluids produced by body processing and Beach Body home gyms are captured toward the sustenance and reproduction of the overall urbanism. The second symbiotic valence is the neighbourhood’s provision of architectures for virtual social engagement of the expanded Dover public. Internet Legion Veterans’ Clubs are a real and digital platform for those registered with Dover’s Memorial social media pages. It is a site to access the digital archives of dead service members and to extend the lifespan of that material. Beach Body barracks offer a kind of active fitness grief therapy: a co...read more

COMMON ACCOUNTS

Common Accounts is an architectural practice initiated at Princeton University by Miles Gertler and Igor Bragado in 2014. Equipped with excellent data plans, the office operates over satellite, server and fibre cable between Seoul, Toronto, and New York. Bragado and Gertler are recognized for their work Closer Each Day: The Architecture of Everyday Death and Going Fluid: The ...read more

Bragado

Based in Beijing, Igor Bragado (1985) established his independent practice in 2012. He currently works as a project architect in big scale developments and master planning at Trace Architecture Office. Prior to that, he collaborated for two years with Juan Herreros (2010-2011). He has been an invited lecturer and critique at the German Institute of Beijing and the Studio X of Columbia Uni...read more