Date Completed: Spring 2012
Project team: Matt DeCotiis
The typology of the New Orleans cemetery has remained largely unchanged over the past 300 years. Since its inception, the city has expanded substantially, causing cemeteries that were designed to be at the periphery to become embedded in communities. As urban populations grow and death rates rise, the growing demand for burial space will require cities to re-evaluate the way that cemeteries are designed, and how they interact with adjacent neighbourhoods. This thesis project proposes an alternative to the private, walled urban cemetery most common in New Orleans. St. Roch #3 is both cemetery and public park, incorporating a range of burial typologies while integrating public space and amenities which benefit the community. The project explores whether the rites of death, burial, and mourning can take place with ease and dignity alongside the myriad exuberant activities of the living.