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Designing a memorial place

continuing care, passage landscapes and future memories

Petersson, Anna and Wingren, Carola (2011). Designing a memorial place. Mortality: Promoting the interdisciplinary study of death and dying. 16 :1 , 54-69
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13576275.2011.536369


The design and selection of a memorial stone and the site of the grave, both of which represent the deceased, can be a central issue for people bereaved by traffic accidents. This was revealed in an interview survey of recent Swedish roadside memorials and other memorial places. In this article we consider the design and selection of the memorial stone and gravesite as expressions of continuing care for the deceased and as a way to offer comfort to the bereaved. Materiality, representation and presence will be discussed as crucial parts of the link between the living and the dead. Communicative, spatial and physical values are important also in the professional's design of common public memorial places. Of specific interest for this text are two design practice-based terms, memory object and passage landscape, which may be used by landscape architects when designing memorial places, such as cemeteries and public monuments. Throughout this text, we argue that memorial places like these are capable of bridging the gap between the space of life and the space of death, as well as supporting the regeneration of present memories and the construction of future ones.

Authors/Creators:Petersson, Anna and Wingren, Carola
Title:Designing a memorial place
Subtitle:continuing care, passage landscapes and future memories
Series Name/Journal:Mortality: Promoting the interdisciplinary study of death and dying
Year of publishing :2011
Page range:54-69
Number of Pages:16
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 6 Humanities > 604 Arts > Architecture
Agrovoc terms:design, landscape architecture, landscape care
Keywords:continuing care, memorialisation, design, presence, place, passage lands
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ID Code:11454
Faculty:LTJ - Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science (until 2013)
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Landscape Architecture (until 121231)
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Deposited On:04 Sep 2014 13:13
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