Transcending Architecture: Contemporary Views on Sacred Space

Transcending Architecture: Contemporary Views on Sacred Space

How may still we build sacred areas, the areas the place we worship? Transcending Architecture considers the mysterious, profound, and actual energy of designed environments to deal with the religious measurement of our humanity. by way of incorporating views from inside of and with no structure, the booklet bargains a large, serious, and nuanced figuring out of the lived dating among the outfitted and the numinous worlds.

Far from heading off the charged problems with subjectivity, tradition and intangibility, the booklet examines phenomenological, symbolic and designerly ways that the holy will get fastened and skilled via constructions, landscapes, and concrete kinds, and never simply in institutionally outlined non secular or sacred locations. Acknowledging that no person voice can exhaust the subject, Transcending Architecture brings jointly a stellar staff of students and practitioners to percentage their insights: architect Juhani Pallasmaa and thinker Karsten Harries, comparative faith pupil Lindsay Jones and architectural theoretician Karla Britton, sacred structure researcher Thomas Barrie and theologian Kevin Seasoltz, panorama architect Rebecca Krinke and religion & shape journal editor Michael Crosbie, are one of the illustrious contributors.

The result's the main direct, transparent, and sophisticated scholarly textual content exclusively fascinated about the transcendental size of structure to be had. This booklet hence offers, on one hand, figuring out, aid, and progress to an architectural self-discipline that sometimes avoids its ineffable measurement and, nonetheless, an important dose of aspect and truth to fields resembling theological aesthetics, fabric anthropology, or philosophical phenomenology that too usually fall trapped into unproductive generalizations and over-intellectualizations.


Julio Bermudez is an affiliate professor within the tuition of structure and making plans, The Catholic college of America.

"Transcending Architecture is a vital and well timed contribution to the examine of sacred structure and its relation to the numinous. In a time whilst faith is a part of the world’s political and sociocultural discourse you will need to revisit the problems of the relation of the sacred and humane. the importance of this quantity is in its contribution to the exam of ways the actual footprint of sacred areas brings the human in the direction of the divine throughout religion, tradition, and time." --Anat Geva, affiliate professor of structure at Texas A&M University

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