The skyscraper necropolis of Mumbai

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Cemetery space is in short supply in dense metropolitan areas, so designers Yalin Fu & Ihsuan Lin have created plans for the Moshka Tower in Mumbai, India. This interdenominational, greenery-swaddled vertical cemetery encompasses four of Mumbai's major faiths.

From the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat::

Traditional cemeteries take up space that will never be gained back in the future. The Moksha Tower project takes traditional burial methods from four major religions in Mumbai and translates them into an urban context. The tower frees up a significant amount of ground space for the living and provides within it a place of rest for the departed. The tower seeks to meet the needs of the entire burial process for several cultures within the city and create a temporary place of repose in the sky. It also acts as a symbolic link between heaven and earth. For Muslims, it provides areas for funerals and space for garden burial; for Christians, areas for funerals and burial; for Hindus, facilities for cremation and a river to deposit a portion; for Parsis, a tower of silence is located on the roof of the tower.


You can check out some vertical cemeteries at BLDGBLOG, including the real-life Memorial Necrópole Ecumênica in Santos, Brazil.

[Via Inhabitat]

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Anyone interested in different funereal rights and what happens to your body after you die should read the book "Stiff" by Mary Roach.

Learning about how wasteful/environmentally hazardous burial and cremation is makes me want to go down a different path completely.

I would like to be chopped up and turned into mulch for a tree. I am not joking about this.