The term “sacred-secular” refers to environments that convey a sense of spirituality for purposes that are otherwise not connected to an organized religion or recognized faith tradition. For example, over the past half-century modern art museums have often been hailed as the sacred-secular buildings of our time. Architects often describe these ascetic settings as designed to … [Read More...]
This spring religious architecture lost one of its high-profile patrons, Dr. Robert H. Schuller, who for years headed the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. Schuller was an innovative minister in the Reformed Church in America. Sixty years ago he arrived in Southern California looking for a place to plant his church. He ended up redefining what a religious building could be. He bought an old drive-in movie theater in Garden Grove and started a “drive-in” church … [Read More...]
Creative architectural renderings for houses of worship tend to excite my visual imagination. I am particularly interested in how architects tackle the challenge of renovating and repurposing an existing space for contemporary uses. Renderings frame possibilities about the spaces we imagine, and draw the connection between public spaces and our interior selves. The most successful sanctuary designs capture the intersection of public and private spheres. At their best, our worship spaces serve to convene … [Read More...]
Even after seven hours of flight, it still didn’t feel like we were in Barcelona. Our legs were cramped and butts were sore, but it still felt as if we were in a dream. Our architecture study group got to the hotel and took a couple of hours to unwind before dinner. We awoke feeling refreshed and ready to explore the town, only to find it dark and rainy; our mood was as damp as the streets when we learned that we had to walk to the restaurant a few blocks away. The streets … [Read More...]
What a paradox has landed on our doorstep! At the very time the Catholic Church is closing dozens of historic churches, and Modernist churches are just turning 50 (and eligible for landmark status), an important new study indicates that Millennials are searching for a more traditional church experience “in a building that is steeped in history and religious symbolism, but...in a modern space that feels more familiar than mysterious,” according to a recently released report by … [Read More...]
What's ahead for stained glass? ...it's not all rosy. Read the Wall Street Journal article to find what Faith & Form editor Mike Crosbie and others in the field think is in store for stained glass.