The Urbanist

Death and the city

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9 May 2019

Episode 395

30 minutes


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How do cities plan for the afterlife? We visit the places where space for the dead is almost as expensive as it is for the living. Plus: a modernist approach to the cemetery and the importance of archeology in cities.

9 May 2019

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Hong Kong

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The dead may never rest peacefully in Hong Kong, one of the world’s most expensive cities, where niches and burial plots are as hard to come by as affordable housing.

9 minutes

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Chapter 2

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Archeology and London

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Louise Fowler, an archaeologist from the Museum of Archaeology in London, tell us about the role that they – and the remains they discover – play in the construction and development of a city like London.

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Chapter 3

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Bunurong Memorial Park

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This functioning cemetery, designed by Aspect Studios, is like any other except for one thing: it’s intended for everyday use, with a playground, fountain and café in tow.

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

Waikumete Cemetery

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We head to Auckland to hear the story behind New Zealand’s biggest and, arguably, most storied burial site.

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