411 Mourning Maps


Date: June 2020
Designed by: Malex Salamanques & Gemma Jones
Credit: @semiographica / @mundano_studio/ mundanostudio

“Mourning Maps are a way to mourn outside of traditional settings and rituals. Mourners place a micro-architectural shrine made from compostable material in a place of significance to them and their loved one. Mourners can also choose to carry a memorial wearable that will emit a subtle signal when approaching the micro-shrine. The coordinates of the shrine are mapped. Over time, we imagine a collective mapping of memory developing, presenting an organic alternative to memorials and statues and so that we might plot journeys through a place not for convenience but for remembering.

We are in the process of making our first prototype. The concept won an Honorable Mention at Archisearch’s  Pandemic Architecture Ideas Competition.”


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