In Memoriam

Eine Gestaltungsaufgabe bei Fundleichen in Wohnräumen einer Großstadt / A design task for undiscovered deceased in homes of a big city

Ony Yan

Forensische Pathologie des Landesinstituts für gerichtliche und soziale Medizin Berlin / Forensic Pathology of the State Institute for Forensic and Social Medicine Berlin

März / March - 2022

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin

Bachelor of Arts


The anonymity in big cities leads to increasing cases, where deceased are not discovered for weeks. In Memoriam is a two-part home system that draws attention to deaths in a household more quickly: It consists of odor detectors, sensing organic compounds during decomposition and a lamp, which is installed at the main entrance. Triggered by the detectors, the lamp releases light as a signal. This communicates the death case to the house residents in a dignified manner and motivates them to engage in dialogue and act if necessary.