Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality

Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality

By: Thomas Barrie (author), Julio Bermudez (author), Phillip James Tabb (editor)Hardback

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Architecture has long been understood as a cultural discipline able to articulate the human condition and lift the human spirit, yet the spirituality of architecture is rarely directly addressed in academic scholarship. The seventeen chapters provide a diverse range of perspectives, grouped according to topical themes: Being in the World; Sacred, Secular, and the Contemporary Condition; Symbolic Engagements; Sacred Landscapes; and Spirituality and the Designed Environment. Even though the authors' approach the subject from a range of disciplines and theoretical positions, all share interests in the need to rediscover, redefine, or reclaim the sacred in everyday experience, scholarly analysis, and design.

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Thomas Barrie AIA is a Professor of Architecture at North Carolina State University. His research focuses on alternative histories of architecture and, in particular, the interrelationship of a culture's architecture, its cultural/religious beliefs and its socio-political, doctrinal and ritual agendas. His research has brought him to sacred sites around the world and he has published numerous articles and lectured extensively on his subject area. He is the author of The Sacred In-Between: The Mediating Roles of Architecture (Routledge, 2010) and Spiritual Path, Sacred Place: Myth Ritual and Meaning in Architecture (Shambhala, 1996). Julio Bermudez is an Associate Professor at the Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning where he directs the Sacred Space and Cultural Studies graduate concentration. He holds a Master of Architecture and a Ph.D. in Education degrees from the University of Minnesota. His expertise covers architectural phenomenology and the relationship between architecture, culture and spirituality. Bermudez has widely lectured, led symposia, and published in these areas. His current research includes a fMRI study of architecturally induced contemplative states and a large survey on profound experiences of place. His book Transcending Architecture published by CUA Press was released in Winter 2015. He co-founded the Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality in 2007. Bermudez has received many recognitions including the 1998 AIA Education Honors Award, the 2004-05 ACSA Creative Achievement Award, the 2005 Premio Trayectoria Creativa Arturo Montagu (by SIGraDI, Latin America), and the 2010 Sasada Award (by CAADRIA, Asia). Phillip Tabb is Professor of Architecture at Texas A&M University where he is the holder of the Liz and Nelson Mitchell Professor of Residential Design. He served as Head of the Department from 2001-2005, and was Director of the School of Architecture and Construction Management at Washington St


Contents: Foreword, Alberto Perez-Gomez; Introduction, Thomas Barrie, Julio Bermudez and Phillip James Tabb. Part I Being in the World: On architecture, divinity, and the interhuman, Michael Benedikt; Encountering significance: architecture, place, and Heidegger's gods, Randall Teal; Phenomenology of the architectural extraordinary and Merleau-Ponty's philosophy, Julio Bermudez. Part II Sacred, Secular, and the Contemporary Condition: The sacred becomes profane, Michael J. Crosbie; An aesthetic and ethical account of genius loci, Hyejung Chang; Neophilia, spirituality, and architecture, Paul Tesar. Part III Symbolic Engagements: A home in the world: the ontological significance of home, Thomas Barrie; Symbolism and myth of mountains, stone, and light as expressed in sacred architecture, Anat Geva; Narrating Chichen Itza: storytelling, disagreement, and second naivete at the 'city of the sacred well', Lindsay Jones. Part IV Sacred Landscapes: Space, object, and encounter, Rebecca Krinke; Regarding sacred landscapes and the everyday corollary, Dennis Alan Winters; Sacred landscapes: the threshold between worlds, A.T. Mann. Part V Spirituality and the Designed Environment: Secular sacredness in place creation: a case study and analysis of Serenbe community, Phillip James Tabb; Experiencing the architecture of the incomplete, imperfect, and impermanent, Rumiko Handa; Wonder, wisdom, and mastery in architecture, Prem Chandavarkar; From within: on the spiritual in art and architecture, Nader Ardalan. Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/10/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781472441713
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9781472441713
  • weight: 816
  • ISBN10: 1472441710

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