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Projecting Landscapes of Death

Title: Projecting Landscapes of Death.
Name(s): Coutts, Christopher, author
Basmajian, Carlton, author
Chapin, Timothy, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2011
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Planning for the disposal of the dead is often overlooked as a planning function, but the permanence of allocating land to cemetery use makes it critical to long range land use planning. There is very little contemporary guidance for planners on the variables which should be considered when projecting the land use needs of the dead. In this paper we illustrate the complexities of projecting landscapes of death, and we present of formula to capture this complexity and calculate future spatial needs for cemeteries. We then apply this method to the case of Palm Beach County, Florida, a county of over a million residents, many of whom are elderly, that could experience a shortage of cemetery lands in the coming decades. This paper raises important issues when planning for the land use needs of the dead including burial migration and problems in estimating existing capacity. This work demonstrates that planners need to take a more active role in planning for the dead, especially given the lack of information on interment capacity in most locations in the country.
Identifier: FSU_migr_durp_faculty_publications-0002 (IID), 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2011.05.005 (DOI)
Keywords: Cemetery, Land use, Death, Mortality, Burial, Projection
Note: Final version of the article is published in Landscape and Urban Planning. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier BV. Accessible online at" id="x-ddDoi">
Citation: Coutts, C., Basmajian, C., & Chapin, T. (2011). Projecting landscapes of death. Landscape and Urban Planning, 102(4), 254-261.
Subject(s): Social sciences
Cities and towns -- Study and teaching
City planning
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Department of Urban and Regional Planning Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Landscape and Urban Planning.
Issue: 4, 102

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