As cities around the world continue to expand, finding ways to use the limited land space effectively is becoming increasingly important. One underutilized resource is old cemeteries located in the heart of Central Business Districts (CBDs). By repurposing these cemeteries into recreational spaces and city parks, cities can provide much-needed green spaces for residents and visitors while preserving the historical significance of these sites. Furthermore, new concepts of vertical cemeteries can allow the land to continue to serve as a cemetery while also providing more space for public use. This symposium will explore the possibilities and challenges of repurposing old cemeteries into urban green spaces with the inclusion of vertical cemetery concepts.
Historical Significance of Old Cemeteries, old cemeteries located in the heart of CBDs are often rich in history and cultural significance. Many of these cemeteries were established during the early years of the city’s development and hold the remains of prominent figures from the city’s past. By repurposing these cemeteries into urban green spaces, cities can preserve the historical significance of these sites while also providing a space for people to learn about and appreciate the city’s past.
Challenges of Repurposing Old Cemeteries, repurposing old cemeteries into urban green spaces is not without its challenges. One of the biggest challenges is ensuring that the remains of those buried in the cemetery are respected and protected. This can be achieved through careful planning and design, which takes into account the location of graves and ensures that they are not disturbed. Additionally, new concepts of vertical cemeteries can help to maximize the use of space while also ensuring that the remains of those buried are protected.
The student from the Faculty of Architecture at Rangsit University has proposed a new concept of vertical cemeteries. This innovative approach involves stacking bodies vertically in a multi-level structure, as opposed to burying them horizontally in the ground. Vertical cemeteries offer a solution to the issue of limited land availability in CBDs, allowing for a more efficient use of space. Moreover, these cemeteries can be designed to incorporate green spaces and other amenities, which can enhance their attractiveness to the public.
” Repurposing Old Cemeteries: The New Frontier for Urban Green Spaces” aims to explore the possibilities and challenges of repurposing old cemeteries into vibrant and sustainable urban green spaces in the heart of Central Business Districts ( CBDs) . This event will discuss the new concept of vertical cemeteries, which can maximize the use of space while preserving the historical significance of these sites. Additionally, the event seeks to address the challenges associated with repurposing old cemeteries, such as ensuring the protection and respect of the remains of those buried. Ultimately, the objective of this initiative is to promote the repurposing of old cemeteries into urban green spaces as a way to meet the needs of cities and their people for generations to come. Some general factors to consider when looking for cemeteries that may be suitable for repurposing include:
Location: The cemeteries that are centrally located in the heart of CBDs and are easily accessible to the public. Areas that are currently
underserved by public parks and recreational spaces may also be good candidates.
Size: Consider the size of the cemetery and whether it can
accommodate the desired recreational activities and facilities, such as walking trails, picnic areas, and playgrounds.
Condition: Assess the condition of the cemetery and whether it requires significant restoration or maintenance to be repurposed effectively. Cemeteries that are in disrepair or have significant historical or cultural significance may not be suitable for repurposing.
Community support: Consult with local communities and stakeholders to determine whether there is support for repurposing the cemetery. Engaging with community groups and organizations can also help identify potential concerns and issues that may need to be addressed.
Overall, identifying cemeteries that meet these criteria will require further research and consultation with relevant stakeholders. It’s also essential to approach this process with sensitivity and respect for the historical, cultural, and religious significance of these sites.
The methodology for the architectural design process and concept for repurposing old cemeteries into urban green spaces involves several stages, including:
1. Research and Analysis: The first step in the process is to conduct research and analysis of the site, including its historical significance, cultural context, and physical characteristics. This includes an
analysis of the cemetery’s layout, gravesite distribution, and infrastructure.
2. Conceptualization: Based on the research and analysis, the design team will develop a conceptual framework for repurposing the cemetery into an urban green space. This will include identifying
areas for recreation and public use, such as parks, walking paths, and other amenities.
3. Design Development: In this stage, the design team will refine the conceptual framework and develop detailed design plans. This includes creating a master plan for the site, developing detailed
construction plans, and selecting materials and finishes.
4. Implementation: During the course of the project, it is crucial to
involve stakeholders and the community to ensure that the needs and preferences of the individuals who will be utilizing it are met. In this
design project proposal, we established a peer review process and included student participation in the class to evaluate the outcome. As
a result, the concepts were well received and deemed satisfactory.
In the context of repurposing old cemeteries into urban green spaces, the areas of creative works/techniques and materials include:
1. Landscape Architecture: Utilizing landscape design principles and techniques to create functional and aesthetically pleasing green spaces. This may involve designing pathways, seating areas,
greenery, water features, and other landscape elements.
2. Horticulture: Incorporating various types of plants and vegetation to
create a diverse and sustainable ecosystem within the cemetery. This
may involve selecting plants that are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions, as well as using native plant species to promote biodiversity.
3. Art and Sculpture: Incorporating art and sculpture into the design of the green space to create a unique and memorable experience for visitors. This may involve commissioning artists to create site-specific
works that reflect the history and cultural significance of the cemetery.
4. Sustainable Materials: Using environmentally friendly and sustainable materials in the construction and maintenance of the green space.
This may involve using recycled materials for pathways, benches, and other infrastructure, as well as implementing sustainable water management practices.
5. Community Engagement: Engaging with the local community to ensure that the design of the green space reflects their needs and
desires. This may involve holding public meetings and workshops to gather input from stakeholders, as well as involving community groups in the maintenance and programming of the space.