BY MARK SMITH, PLA
As Landscape Architects, we are truly privileged to be able to spend the better part of our professional careers shaping the built environments that impact every facet of our lives…from the hospital we are born in, to the communities we live in, to the schools our kids attend…even the cemetery where we may someday be laid to rest. While most of us are quite familiar and comfortable with our hospitals, communities, and schools, few of us ever spend enough time in a cemetery to understand why they are designed as they are and to really get comfortable with visiting them.
When was the last time you just decided to visit a cemetery? For most of us, going to a cemetery is something we would do on an “as needed” basis only. It’s usually not until you spend some time in a cemetery and really look around that you realize just how intentionally they have been “designed” as much for you, the living, as they are for those who have passed on.