In my experience, competition within architecture school is a relatively unspoken, but extremely strong undercurrent. I believe the constructive/destructive dichotomy inherent within competition is essential in an area of study in which criticism is so highly valued. With that said, competition is constructive for many students who are driven by it to produce quality work. It should go without the need to say that a large number of students are discouraged by the destructive nature of competition and its incredible ability to breed resentment. So if not only to amplify and exaggerate these effects a student competition was held within our site and landscape studio.
The proposal was a funerary chapel and memorial garden to be sited on the northeast shore of Moon Island in the Boston Harbor. The chapel and garden would be servicing an underwater burial service, the Neptune Society. The deceased is cremated off site, cast within a concrete form, brought to an offshore underwater estuary, placed within a buried container and sealed. The funerary chapel and memorial garden was to mediate disconnect between the physical remains of the deceased and the loved ones wishing to have a place of memorial.
Ben Lebel + Mike Deprey
Mandy Johnson + James Jarzyniecki
Jake Bienkiewicz + Alan Pinciaro