How should we construct sacred spaces, the places where we worship?
Transcending Architecture considers the mysterious, profound, and
real power of designed environments to address the spiritual
dimension of our humanity. By incorporating perspectives from
within and without architecture, the book o ers a wide, critical,
and nuanced understandin of the lived relationship between the
built and the numinous worlds. Far from avoiding the charged issues
of subjectivity, culture andintangibility, the book examines
phenomenological, symbolic and designerly ways in which the holy
gets fixed and experienced through buildings, landscapes, and urban
forms, and not just in institutionally defined religious or sacred
places. Acknowledging that no individual voice can exhaust the
topic, Transcending Architecture brings together a stellar group of
scholars and practitioners to share their insights: architect
Juhani Pallasmaa and philosopher Karsten Harries, comparative
religion scholar Lindsay Jones and architectural theoretician Karla
Britton, sacred architecture researcher Thomas Barrie and
theologian Kevin Seasoltz, landscape architect Rebecca Krinke and
Faith & Form magazine editor Michael Crosbie, are among the
illustrious contributors. The result is the most direct, clear, and
subtle scholarly text solely focused on the transcendental
dimension of architecture available. This book thus provides, on
one hand, understanding, relief, and growth to an architectural
discipline that usually avoids its ineffable dimension and, on the
other hand, a necessary dose of detail and reality to fields such
as theological aesthetics, material anthropology, or philosophical
phenomenology that too often fall trapped into unproductive
generalizations and over-intellectualizations.
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