Ar. Sulakshana Bhanushali
Ar. Rohit Shinkre, Ar. Shripad Bhalerao, Ar. Yashwant Pitkar, Ar. Sulakshana Bhanushali, Ar. Nachiket Kalle, Ar. Shruti Barve, Ar. Akbar Biviji, Ar. Harshada Bapat Shintre
Death is not an easy concept to understand or, rather, even comprehend. We are all constantly surrounded by death, but we pay little or no attention to this overwhelming and constantly looming aspect of dying. To understand death, one needs to understand dying.
Religions, cultures, and beliefs play a crucial role in how an individual perceives death. These cultures have built elaborate rituals to help humans process the grief of losing someone. They very craftily mold this intangible aspect of death into one that is tangible and can be held on to, allowing one to grasp an understanding of their own existence better.
We focus so much on the latter aspect of death that we forget to cater to the dying. Most people aren’t afraid of death, but they are, of dying.
The study is an attempt to understand the concept of death and dying, along with what it is that people want or need before they or their close ones die. It aims to question the importance of peace before dying, why people need it in the first place, and then further understand what will help them attain this peace therewith architecturally providing the means to achieve it.
Narrating Death - Architecture For The Dying