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Title: Culture and design : a new burial concept in a densely populated metropolitan area
Authors: Siu, KWM 
Issue Date: 2005
Source: Design issues, 2005, v. 21, no. 2, p. 79-89
Abstract: The writer discusses Invisible Niche, a new burial concept for the densely populated metropolitan area of Hong Kong. There are few suitable sites for creating new cemeteries and columbaria due to the limited amount of available land in Hong Kong, and objections from residents to set aside land in their districts for such purposes. The Invisible Niche involves placing ashes of the deceased after cremation into degradable urns to be buried underground. The ashes will enrich the environment, and, once they have decomposed completely, the land will be ready for more ashes. Consequently, there will be unlimited space for cremated ashes. The most significant point is that the ashes will be underground, in accordance with Chinese beliefs and attitudes toward death.
Keywords: Funeral rites and ceremonies
Hong Kong
Publisher: MIT Press
Journal: Design issues 
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