Advisor: Takashi Nishibori
Tools: 3dsMax, V-Ray, AutoCad, Ps, Ai
[5th year/thesis project]
Traveling on the road, I always see accidents, car crash, people hit by car, etc. and when ever I see these incidents, there is always an ambulance accompanied by one of those rescue unit cars. We commonly recognize these rescue units by the name Poh Tek Tueng, which is the first name that would come into our minds when talking about rescue units. Now that, sparks my curiousity about what they do and what is the thinking behind there job, which people try very as best not to face, due to the bloody images we perceive. Studying in more details about this foundation, leads to my understanding towards their goal and duties towards the society, such that:- medical team check-up, scholarship granting, disaster relieve and “funeral organizing for the nameless corpse.”
The foundation’s duties in organizing funerals for the nameless corpse are systematic, done after taking corpses from the hospitals. This becomes the point in which leads to my deep interest towards the process in funerals for the nameless corpse. Seems that nowadays, nameless corpses turn to be one of the tools in illegal commercial businesses and some, not treated properly. This thesis project is my aim in narrating the thoughts behind what we perceive from the nameless corpses through architectural design.
In Thailand, we see a lot of accidents happen every day with injured people and some unfortunately dead. Some are too severely dead, to be recognized as whom the person was, and the unfortunate ones can’t find their way back to their family due to the absence of documents or identification cards, indicating whom the person is. These people are sent to forensic hospitals for prove and in case the organization can contact the dead’s family. But for those unidentified are responsible by foundations supporting the funerals.
The act of managing nameless corpse stems from the thousands of years ago in China, a noble man, nowadays known as Holy Ty Hong’s wills in helping the poor and those who suffer from disastrous relieve as well as those who die from these catastrophe.
These righteous acts was then brought to Thailand by a group of Chinese people
to Thailand, known today as Poh Tek Tueng. The process of nameless corpse funeral is in long-term, approximately up to 10 years or over, with a large amount of people who join the event whenever one is held.
In the studies of the process from some other organizations, which turn to be in very brutal and disrespectful towards the dead, leading to various site selected according to a group of people who may high possibilities of becoming nameless and also areas with high death tolls according to accidents.
This project is to construct cemeteries for the nameless in certain parts of Thailand for them to be treated properly after their death, with the communication of a language through architecture.
The rising number of illegal foreign workers in the country rise in proportion to the number of nameless corpse which is said to be a group of people with the highest possibility of becoming a nameless corpse, this fact leads to a criteria in site selection.According to the process of funerals for the nameless, which differ in details in certain parts of the country according to the believes. A part from the process done by Poh Tek Tueng, which is done righteously and most supported, some are done through illegal processes behind merciful acts. The scope of the project is to create cemeteries for the nameless in certain parts of the country to suite fit with the purpose of the rising number of the nameless dead.
The research covers the history of Poh Tek Tueng and the foundation’s goals in supporting the society, with emphasis on the process of nameless corpse funeral from start to end, also how these corpse are treated in other parts of the country and what effects the rising number of these nameless corpse
Thesis starts with the interest the fact of why most people try to avoid seeing pictures of the dead and places of accidents but why are there groups of people who’s work incorporate with this while others try as hard to avoid, leading to the studies of Poh Tek Tueng, the most well- known foundation in the responsibilities towards the nameless corpses.
Poh Tek Tueng foundation is originated from China by a group of people whom work according to the aims of supporting the society by the wills of Holy Ty Hong in helping the poor and those who suffer as well as the dead to be properly sent to the next life.
The number of nameless corpse has been rising since the year 1920 according to the record of burial by Poh Tek Tueng. This leads to the questioning of what effect this increasing number. From interviews conducted to the workers of Poh Tek Tueng, it is said that illegal foreign workers who die in the country, unable to identify, is the major factor, effecting the rising number of the nameless corpse.
funeral and life after death
the nameless funeral
The incoming of the bodies about 4-5 times per days, each delivering several corpses and the normal days, accounting for 4 days of visits per week, meaning that other zones would be vacant until the days of use come which are at the minimum of once use a year.