Featured Articles Archive

For every issue we publish, Faith & Form features one article here on our website. As each new issue is distributed, our home page is updated with the latest featured article. Previously posted articles will remain on the website and will be accessible from this page. Our online article archive goes back to 2006.

Flesh and Form

Light and the Sacred at the Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Haut In the 20th century, theologians and philosophers observed a notable decline in the sacredness of religious art running parallel to science’s increasing mechanization of vision. Mircea Eliade writes, … [continue]

Searching for New Sacred Space

A design studio explores the changing definition of what makes a place sacred. Over the past few decades, particularly in the West, the concept of sacred space as a setting for the rituals of organized religion has been changing, some might even say … [continue]

Sacred Presence in Architecture and Landscape

An Interview with Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe The architecture of Toronto-based firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects connects landscape with architecture, probing the spiritual dimensions of both. Partners Brigitte Shim, Hon. FAIA, and Howard … [continue]

A Procession of Sacred Green Space

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s new Cathedral Campus Sacred landscapes are perhaps the earliest example of human place making. They represent the recognition of a special place in the world—the genius loci—that is significant for the contemplation of … [continue]

Landscape and Sanctuary: Grace Farms

The relationship of landscape to religious architecture was re-addressed in fertile ways in the period following the Second World War. Vincent Scully, for example, following from his book The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods, sought to treat landscape and … [continue]

Sacred Landscapes: Meanings and Contradictions

Land and landscape are two very different things. A parcel of land as a commodity, defined by its borders and judged by its economic potential, describes a different world than the landscape of nature seen as a vital part of the earth. The landscape … [continue]

Healing Gardens as Transformative Spaces

Often I am asked, “What makes a healing garden healing?” The answer is: any garden is healing and research proves it to be so. It has been my experience, however, that deep transformative experiences can be facilitated in gardens designed specifically for … [continue]

The Un-Cloister

A neighborhood church opens itself up to its neighborhood by employing some sensitive landscape design. Cloisters have a long history in religious architecture, places closed to the outside world, places of seclusion. And so, when Unity Church-Unitarian … [continue]

The Sacred Language of Trees

We can learn much from the beauty of trees, their infinite variety, their inspiration, their emotional significance, their spiritual heritage and symbolism, the psychology they engender and their sheer independence. There are many ways in which trees … [continue]

Bankston Green

Landscape architecture creates a respite on the campus of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. The Bankston Green project at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, completely renovates the front yard of the original church … [continue]