Transforming Catacombs and the City of Paris: The Spatial Relationship Between the Home for the Living and the Dead

  • Raymond Lau
  • Mariela Bellido
  • Alexandra Reichert
  • Ellen Y. C. Leung


The architecture of a place can be accessed for a multitude of uses. In specific instances architectural structures may be geared towards places for the living and places for the dead. Whether they are meant to make an impact on the society, these buildings, along with the people who made these spaces available, shape the cities and architecture around them. More specifically, the spaces for the living and the dead have an impact on the societies revolving within the same place and vice versa which also emphasizes how such structures transform into iconic spaces. The city of Paris and the catacombs underneath are used as a case study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond Lau
    • 1
  • Mariela Bellido
    • 2
  • Alexandra Reichert
    • 3
  • Ellen Y. C. Leung
    • 4
  1. 1.GAP ArchitectsHong Kong and BeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of SociologyState University of New York at OneontaOneontaUSA
  3. 3.Department of GeographyState University of New York at OneontaOneontaUSA
  4. 4.Faculty of Community ServicesRyerson UniversityTorontoCanada

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