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Gewählte Master / Diploma Thesis:

Thomas Zimmermann (2007): Der Friedhof als Freiraum der Trauer, Erinnerung und Gärtnerei. Freiraumplanerischer Fachbeitrag zur Friedhofsplanung anhand des St. Pöltener Hauptfriedhofes.
Master / Diploma Thesis, BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 80. UB BOKU obvsg

Data Source: ZID Abstracts
A cemetery is a very special type of open space. By gathering the graves, it shelters the many individual places for parting with the deceased. The following grave attendance and gardening create occasions and opportunities to transform grieve into remembrance of the person and shared experiences. Because the past is omnipresent in the minds and all things built, the cemetery is somehow outside of everyday life, while at the same time it is firmly rooted there as a common work-place. Hence, I start with an examination of the peculiarities that constitute the cemetery as a social place, referring in particular to papers by Hartmut Troll, Gudrun Engel and Dagmar Kuhle. The central part of my survey deals with the example of the main cemetery of St. Pölten in Lower Austria. This cemetery consists of three departments, each of which represents another type of design. The eldest department (1894) is of the geometric type, the middle one (1906) is of the landscape type and the most recent department (1980) is of the landscape-architectural type. For each of these departments, I depict the organisational structures that can be found in ground plan and cross section and reconstruct the historical context and the implications of the underlying design concepts. It becomes clear that underlying this succession of cemetery designs is a philosophy that increasingly views the cemetery primarily as a green space and tends to ignore its special character. As a counterpoint, I provide a planning alternative for the currently unused part of the main cemetery, which shows both consciousness of its social significance as an open space for grieve, remembrance and gardening, and allowing for an economic maintenance.

Beurteilende(r): Schneider Gerda

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