Invisible Niche: (Re)Considering Cultural and Social Factors in Design

Year: 2002
Editor: Marjanovic D.
Author: Siu, K. W. M.
Section: Multidisciplinary aspects of design
Page(s): 899-904


This paper presents the traditional thinking of Cantonese people's beliefs and values concerning death. It then reviews cultural and social changes in Hong Kong, and how people have changed their minds about burial methods. By reviewing the spatial dimension of culture (that is, beliefs and values, activities, and physical objects) and borrowing the Invisible Niche (a new cemetery design concept) as a case, this paper advocates a (re)consideration of cultural and social factors in design in the present rational and function-oriented society.

Keywords: Chinese, burial culture, cultural and social factors, design


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