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EXIT Architecture: Speculations for the Hereafter

Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday10:00 AM – 5:00 PMJanuary 2 – February 7, 2020

Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Higgins Hall, Hazel and Robert H. Siegel Gallery, Higgins Hall, 61 Saint James Place, Brooklyn, NY

On View: January 2-February 7, 2020
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10 AM–5 PM; Saturday–Sunday, 12–5 PM
Exhibition Reception with the Curators: February 3rd, 6:30-8 PM
Community Outreach Workshop with the School of Architecture and K-12 Center: February 8th, 2-4 PM

Humans have been enshrining and memorializing their dead for millennia. While rituals and symbolic forms vary widely across cultures and religions, all are rooted in similar desires: honoring a life and coping with loss.

The realities of the world today have imposed additional restrictions and opportunities on internment. Rapid population growth, densifying urban areas, limited space, environmental concerns, and digitization are all factors that could lead architects to reimagine our own exit.

EXIT Architecture is a speculative look at designing for the afterlife in all of its potential architectural forms and new ways of marking our exit. This exhibition showcases a critical and projective look at the present and future of this realm of design—through personal and individual examples of design for the hereafter, as well as approaches that affect or can be adopted by many.

Exhibition organized by Art Omi: Architecture and curated by Warren James, Julia van den Hout, and Kyle May, the exhibition includes work by AD-WO, Aleksandr Mergold, ANAH, Bade Stageberg Cox, BEAU Architects, Giann Matias, Jason Vigneri-Beane, JeongChoi Works, KONYK Architecture, Lebbeus Woods, Michaela Metcalfe, Richard Ceccanti Aston, Roderick Cruz, Studio Ames, Yongwoo Park.

Image Credit: Evergreenhouse, Bade Stageberg Cox