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

DS 30: Proceedings of DESIGN 2002, the 7th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik

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


Please sign in to your account

This site uses cookies and other tracking technologies to assist with navigation and your ability to provide feedback, analyse your use of our products and services, assist with our promotional and marketing efforts, and provide content from third parties. Privacy Policy.