Keywords: cimetière, espace public urbain, mort, seuil, deuil, intime
This article focuses on the discreet yet vital ‘organ’ of our urban ecological systems that is the ‘cemetery’ and, more broadly, to the atmospheres of our relationship with death and the dead. Changes in burial practices not only invites us to question the form of the cemetery, the drawing of its boundaries, but also the shape of its link with the city through the connections it creates with his human, urban and natural environment. As a privileged place for relations between the living and the dead and a symbolic place of our historicity, it is a miniature that reflects the evolution of environmental, social and political projects, multiple and contradictory, through which tomorrow’s city builds itself. Ecologically (cool wells, deep soil, biodiversity), economically (land management, lucrative public space), and on a human level (place of calm, peace, reflexivity, access to the intimate, acts and experiences space), these areas represent a potential for the city and urban life.