NEW SACRED ARCHITECTURE
By Phyllis Richardson, London: Laurence King. 2004. [pounds sterling]45
With its glossy illustrations and brief case studies, this book is, like the churches, synagogues and mosques it features, certainly easy on the eye. Sacred architecture is alive and well, it seems. The book packages recent examples by the likes of Hadid and Lynn, Monco and Meier, into five sections: 'New Traditions', 'Interventions', 'Retreats', 'Grand Icons', and 'Modest Magnificence'. Following New Stone Architecture (Laurence King 2003), it is in the tradition of the architectural pattern book. Examples from various denominations and cultures are grouped together more according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. aesthetic merit than theoretical principle. Occasionally we glimpse a link between spirituality and space, as with the feeling of 'emptiness' in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Sacred Heart Catholic Church can refer to:
The book raises more questions than it answers; for example, why exactly did Meier design the Jubilee Church The Jubilee Church, formally known as Dio Padre Misericordioso, is a church and community center in Tor Tre Teste in Rome. According to Richard Meier, its architect, it is "the crown jewel of the Vicariato di Roma's (Archdiocese of Rome) Millennium project" (p. 354). in Rome around a series of squares and four circles? This is not a book that claims that a new sacred structure can, or indeed should, express an entire cosmology cosmology, area of science that aims at a comprehensive theory of the structure and evolution of the entire physical universe. Modern Cosmological Theories
(as with, say, Guarini's St Lorenzo in Turin) or reorder re·or·der
v. re·or·dered, re·or·der·ing, re·or·ders
1. To order (the same goods) again.
2. To straighten out or put in order again.
3. To rearrange.
v. a city (like St Peter's in Rome). Rather, Richardson's new sacred buildings try hard to fit into their surroundings, and avoid offending the neighbours with too much overt symbolism. Grouped into Richardson's categories, the buildings appear interchangeable in their expression of both denomination and physical context. If they are more than examples of the joy of materiality MATERIALITY. That which is important; that which is not merely of form but of substance.
2. When a bill for discovery has been filed, for example, the defendant must answer every material fact which is charged in the bill, and the test in these cases seems to and structure to be found in most modern art galleries across the world, then this book is certainly not letting on.
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