Through the use of nature, intentional simplicity and materiality, the architecture aims to promote optimism and peace by allowing the living to reflect on the memories they carry, that tie them to their loved one after passing. The cantilever and use of raw wood, creates an atmosphere in which nature helps elevate one’s spirit, and shifts their experience of nature into the tree canopy.
This project explores ways to evoke sacredness without religious affiliation. It is a sacred space for mourners and visitors who seek self-contemplation, a place to gather and a place to remember those who have passed, through strategies of space, sensation and natural phenomena. The design is a non-denominational space for visitors of diverse religious affiliations. Three main programs drive the form and division of the buildings with connecting points between each one.
The architectural proposal for this facility addresses agoraphobia and agroforestry. Our architecture is influenced by the agoraphobic condition, which loosely defined are those individuals who suffer from the fear of open spaces.
The project goal is to change the perception of death and the grieving process through a linear progression as a sequence of the narrative of a better place. They did this by separating the mourners below ground and the body above ground. Above ground, where the body is located, two fabric screen layers surround a glass wall creating a mysterious light quality that mourners cannot fully understand.
The report looks at assessing the accuracy of estimating impervious surface areas (ISAs) by zoning code, the method utilized by the City of Omaha, Nebraska. A 101 acre subcatchment had all ISAs manually digitized and compared the actual with the estimated value. The subcatchment was then modeled with 10 percent decreases of ISAs to establish the relationship with peak flow rates and total volume in the combined sewer service area.