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University of Washington

1. Lott, Olivia Katharine. Give Me A Clean Death | Rethinking Our Modern Death-Care System.

Degree: 2021, University of Washington

Thousands of tons of carcinogenic chemicals are interred in the ground every year by the modern death care industry in the United States alone. We, as a modern society, have also collectively chosen to relegate the spaces that our dead occupy, sequestering death to hospitals, funeral parlors and cemeteries, consequently removing it, as a concept, from public view. Much of our death care infrastructure is out of sight and out of mind. Simultaneously, we are running out of space to house our dead. This thesis urges that we rethink how we choose to approach the death-care industry, repurposing neglected, non-functional spaces within our urban fabric as modern cemeteries, columbariums and memorials. Why expend resources erecting new structures, when our cities already encompass so many abandoned and neglected spaces that are already interwoven into the historic palimpsest of our urban metropolises? Repurposing historical structures that are no longer serving their original function has been steadily gaining popularity within the field of historic preservation. Why not expand how we choose to repurpose such structures, to encompass a function as integral to our society-at-large as how we choose to care for our deceased? In this thesis, I propose the adaptive reuse of a defunct industrial site along the city of Bellingham’s downtown waterfront into a functioning death-care site and public park. Advisors/Committee Members: Manzo, Lynne C. (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Bio-Cremation; Cemetery; Death; Green Burial; Human Composting; Natural Burial; Landscape architecture; Environmental education; American history; Landscape architecture

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APA (6th Edition):

Lott, O. K. (2021). Give Me A Clean Death | Rethinking Our Modern Death-Care System. (Thesis). University of Washington. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1773/46821

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Lott, Olivia Katharine. “Give Me A Clean Death | Rethinking Our Modern Death-Care System.” 2021. Thesis, University of Washington. Accessed April 22, 2021. http://hdl.handle.net/1773/46821.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Lott, Olivia Katharine. “Give Me A Clean Death | Rethinking Our Modern Death-Care System.” 2021. Web. 22 Apr 2021.

Vancouver:

Lott OK. Give Me A Clean Death | Rethinking Our Modern Death-Care System. [Internet] [Thesis]. University of Washington; 2021. [cited 2021 Apr 22]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1773/46821.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Lott OK. Give Me A Clean Death | Rethinking Our Modern Death-Care System. [Thesis]. University of Washington; 2021. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1773/46821

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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