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16 December 2015
Sacred spaces exemplify some of the most exciting and challenging architecture today. Designing Sacred Spaces tells the inside story of seven architecture firms and their approaches to designing churches, mosques, synagogues and temples, monasteries and retreats. Twenty beautifully illustrated case studies located in Asia, Europe, and North America are showcased alongside discussions with the designers into concept and design development, materiality, and spatial analysis. Complementing these are essays on the cultural, historical, and theoretical meaning and importance of sacred spaces. By exploring the way we see religion and how we understand secular and sacred space, Designing Sacred Spaces reveals how we see ourselves and how we see others. A tour-de-force of first-person narratives, research, and illustrations, this book is a vital desk reference.
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 189mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   1.065kg
ISBN:   9780415745000
ISBN 10:   0415745004
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Dedication Part 1: Introduction 1. Introduction 2. New Terms 3. Architectural History and Historiography 4. Architecture Construction of Identity Part 2: Churches 5. Arcari + Iovino Architects 6. hMa (Hanrahan Meyers Architects) 7. Kris Yao Artech 8. Makespace Architects 9. OOPEAA (Office for Peripheral Architecture) Part 3: Reconceptualizing Space 10. Conceptualizing Space 11. Geography and Space 12. Archaeology and Space Part 4: Monasteries 13. Michael Rotondi Architects 14. Kris Yao Artech Part 5: The Construction of Religious Spaces 15. Constructing Religious Space 16. Symbols and Space 17. Project Sites Part 6: Retreats 18. hMa 19. Imbue Design 20. Michael Rotondi Architects Part 7: Understanding Religions Through Architecture 21. Religious Traditions, an Overview in Architecture 22. Buddhism 23. Christianity 24. Islam 25. Judaism Part 8: Biographies and Observations 26. Arcari + Iovino Architects, Edward Arcari and Anthony Iovino 27. hMa, Victoria Meyers 28. Imbue Design, Hunter Gunderson, Matthew Swindel and Christopher Talvy 29. Makespace Architects, Shahed Saleem 30. OOPEAA, Anssi Lassila 31. Roto Architects, Michael Rotondi Acknowledgments Bibliography Index

Sherin Wing received her Ph.D. in the Humanities from UCLA, USA. In addition to being a published scholar, she also writes for several publications including Architecture Magazine,, the Huffington Post, and Metropolis Magazine on a wide range of issues surrounding the cultural, economic, and social aspects of architecture.

Reviews for Designing Sacred Spaces

Equal parts fascinating history-theory, illuminating design diary and dialogue, and feast for the eyes and soul, Wing's Designing Sacred Spaces is a compelling and beautifully structured book that teaches us, not only about religion and culture, but about design process, perception, and the power of space to be transcendent. It's a fascinating read with multiple voices and points of view. A welcome addition to anyone's library, certainly not just those of architects. - Alice Kimm, JFAK Architects and Adjunct Associate Professor, USC School of Architecture, USA Sherin Wing is changing the architectural dialog for the better. In this rigorously researched, thoughtful, well-written book she argues against the European/American centric examination of our built environment, and opens the discourse by including sacred spaces around the globe. She argues and proves that architecture is at its best when it represents unique and complex cultures, a specific locality as well as its policies and beliefs. What better place to start human habitation than in the spiritual realm? - Susan S. Szenasy, Publisher and Editor in Chief, Metropolis, USA

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