The practice of William J. Stanley, FAIA, and Ivenue Love-Stanley, FAIA, has been one of inclusiveness, hospitality, and connection to the community. This is especially true of their work with faith communities, which is how their practice started more than 35 years ago in Atlanta. Both have been recognized for their leadership in the profession; among their many honors they … [Read More...]
Perhaps the antenna was just more in-tune with the topic of accessibility, hospitality, and inclusivity, but while this issue was being produced it seemed that there was a buzz in the religious architecture world about this subject. We were careful in planning this issue that it not be just about accessibility for the disabled, but consider access to sacred space being granted or denied based on a variety of circumstances, such as gender, sharing of faith, or comprehension of … [Read More...]
In the end, the interlocking corridors, repeating doorways, proliferating walls and fields of columns created an antithetical affect. At once envisioned as a site of dynamism, the plenitude of options created paralysis. It was uncommon to look up at the intricate vaulted ceilings; there were too many thresholds afoot to negotiate and traverse. The ceilings were constructed too high and the walls too many; they bred the sensation of sinking. Debris easily accumulated down the narrow corridors and in the … [Read More...]
Walking in, I feel cold and separate from the masses of people that fill the church. While everyone talks to one another I walk on unsteady legs around them, trying to find somewhere to sit. I find a spot in the far back near the corner, away from the sea of people that swarm around me like bees in a hive. Unaware of an intruder in their midst, I walk—ignored and unseen. Thankfully, everyone is prompted to find their seats by the surrounding hum of organ music signaling the … [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.