Architectural Condolences: An Experience of Transcendence

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Some of the most outstanding architectural monuments were designed for, or inspired by funerary rituals and practices. The pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India, and the Mayan pyramids in the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico are but a few notable examples. These and many other architectural wonders have survived the passing of time; they are timeless. It is somewhat paradoxical, however, that timelessness is a quality so often attached to buildings that are intrinsically attached to death.
In his The Timeless Way of Building, Christopher Alexander discusses processes of making buildings that can come alive, and survive the passing of time. For Alexander, the timeless way of building is a “process which allows the life inside a person, or a family, or a town, to flourish, openly, in freedom, so vividly that it gives birth, of its own accord, to the natural order which is needed to sustain this life”. […]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-159
JournalC3 Architecture-Landscape-Urbanism
Issue number413
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Architecture
  • memorial spaces


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