Call for Submission – Tokyo Vertical Cemetery

Call for Submission - Tokyo Vertical Cemetery

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Call for submission - tokyo vertical cemetery

Private developers in Tokyo, Japan have used temples as covers to build cemetery plots which they can sell for ten times the price of land without taxes. This practice results in the unwanted placement of cemeteries adjacent to homes in the already densely populated neighborhoods of Tokyo. Amplifying this issue are the ever changing demographics of Tokyo. As the age and population increase, Tokyo is being forced to face the issue of burial space.

In the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, arch out loud challenges designers to develop proposals for a
vertical cemetery that explores the relationship between life and death within the city.

The need to examine this condition affords designers the opportunity to not just efficiently
respond to the issue of space but also look into the cultural identity that this solemn program can project within its environment.


  • Overall winner: US$5,000 + AO feature and certificate
  • 3 Runners up: US$1,000 each + AO feature and certificate
  • 10 Honorable Mentions: AO feature and certificate
  • Directors Choice: AO feature and certificate


  • Tom Wiscombe Founder, Tom Wiscombe Architecture – SCIArc
  • Liam Young Founder, Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today – Princeton University, SCIArc, AA
  • Alison Killing Founder, Killing Architects – Curator, Death In Venice
  • Karla Britton – Head of Architecture Theory – Yale University
  • Curtis Roth – Ohio State University Knowlton School, Akademie Schloss Solitude
  • Ania Molenda Architect/Researcher – Curator, Death In Venice
  • Rafael Luna Founder, PRAUD
  • Dongwoo Yim Founder, PRAUD


  • Advanced Registration: July 17th
  • Early Registration: August 15th
  • Regular Registration: September 23rd
  • Submission Deadline: September 24th
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