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TRANSCENDING ARCHITECTURE: CONTEMPORARY VIEWS ON SACRED SPACE. Ed. by Julio Bermudez. Catholic University of America Press, Washington, D.C., 2015. 350 pp. with 63 ills. 28 x 22 cm. LC 2014-39452 ISBN 9780813226798 In English.
Publisher's description: How should we construct sacred spaces, the places where we worship? Transcending Architecture considers the mysterious, profound, and real power of designed environments to address the spiritual dimension of our humanity. By incorporating perspectives from within and without architecture, the book offers a wide, critical, and nuanced understanding of the lived relationship between the built and the numinous worlds. Far from avoiding the charged issues of subjectivity, culture and intangibility, the book examines phenomenological, symbolic and designerly ways in which the holy gets fixed and experienced through buildings, landscapes, and urban forms, and not just in institutionally defined religious or sacred places. This book thus provides, on one hand, understanding, relief, and growth to an architectural discipline that usually avoids its ineffable dimension and, on the other hand, a necessary dose of detail and reality to fields such as theological aesthetics, material anthropology, or philosophical phenomenology that too often fall trapped into unproductive generalizations and over-intellectualizations.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1945 — Architecture
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 164528
Paperbound $34.95    

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