Research on new types of burying, Graveyard Utrecht
Burials in the Netherlands is expensive. In recent years, the costs at some cemeteries have increased by 30%. As a result, more people are now cremated than buried in the Netherlands and the need is increasing. The demand for urn addition and ash scattering also increases strongly. At the same time, we see the trend towards more conscious alternative forms of final destination instead of the traditional cemetery. In the past 200 years, the ritual of burial and recall from buildings and the city has disappeared. This while more people live in the city than ever. With the increase in cremation we see the potential to bring about a change in this.
REDscape thinks that urn attachment and the ritual of commemoration should be in the middle of society, preferably in the middle of the city and in a beautiful place. A reused office complex offers a fantastic opportunity as a memorial tower, which can grow into a cremation facility in the future. REDscape has done research (together with funeral entrepreneurs) and proposes to develop a test case together with a real estate owner.