Banality of Death


Jesse Verdoes

The second site has a linear character and is located at the crossing between a polluted river that flows into the agricultural fields and the highway, thus marking a point of transition. The ground is planted with trees as it is part of the greenifying plan along the highway.

Figure 17 – Polluted river crossing the highway

Figure 18 – Plan drawing of site II

The Ritual
In figure 19 one can see the washing machine that is developed to efficiently wash bodies according to the traditional stages of ablution. The process is organized in a linear way (fig. 21), similar to an automated carwash system.

Figure 19 -Photo and axonometric drawing of mechanized washing ritual. Source: Ghusl with a mechanized devise, photograph, IRNA, October 24, 2018.

A. Meghdari et al., ‘Conceptual Design and Simulation of a Semi-Automatic Cell for the Washing and Preparation of a Corpse Prior to an Islamic Burial’, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 21 July 2011.



Figure 20 – Mapping of burial ritual in Behesht-e Reza Cemetery

Complexity Drawing

Figure 21 – Linear organization of burial ritual

Figure 22 – Complexity drawing site II

Figure 23 – Complexity drawing site II

Figure 24 – Complexity drawing site II






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