Death & The City: Tokyo Vertical Cemetery Competition


Death & The City: Tokyo Vertical Cemetery Competition

arch out loud


The residents of the world’s largest city have started to wake up to new neighbors. Neighbors who are silent, but whose presence is opposed by many nonetheless. As the average age and population increase, Tokyo is being forced to face the issue of burial space.
In the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, arch out loud challenges designers to develop proposals for a vertical cemetery that explores the relationship between life and death within the city. The need to examine this condition affords designers the opportunity to not just efficiently respond to the issue of space but also look into the cultural identity that this solemn program can project within its environment.
Private developers in Tokyo have used temples as covers to build cemetery plots which they can sell for ten times the price of land without taxes. This practice results in the unwanted placement of cemeteries adjacent to homes in the already densely populated neighborhoods of Tokyo. Amplifying this issue are the ever changing demographics of Tokyo. As the age and population increase, Tokyo is being forced to face the issue of burial space.


    Prizes total to $8,000
  • OVERALL WINNER - $5,000 + Death + Architecture Feature & Certificate
  • Runnerup 1 - $1,000 + D + A Feature & Certificate
  • Runnerup 2 - $1,000 + D + A Feature & Certificate
  • Runnerup 3 - $1,000 + D + A Feature & Certificate
  • 10 Honorable Mentions - D + A Feature & Certificate
  • Directors Choice - D + A Feature & Certificate


Tom Wiscombe
- Founder, Tom Wiscombe Architecture | SCI-Arc
Liam Young/dt>
- Founder, Tomorrow's Thoughts Today | Princeton University, SCI-Arc, AA
Shinohara Masatake
Curation, Japan Pavilion - 2016 Venice Biennale | Osaka University
Alison Killing
- Founder, Killing Architects | Curator, Death In Venice
Karla Britton
- Head of Architecture Theory | Yale University
Curtis Roth
- Ohio State University Knowlton School, Akademie Schloss Solitude
Ania Molenda
- Architect/Researcher | Curator, Death In Venice
Rafael Luna
- Founder, PRAUD
Dongwoo Yim
- Founder, PRAUD


  • Advanced Registration - July 17th
  • Early Registration - August 15th
  • Regular Registration - September 23rd
  • Submission Deadline - September 24th

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Tokyo Vertical Cemetary Competition

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