Friday, November 4, 2011
The Architect Has No Clothes
We in the Church often find that the purpose of the structure has trouble finding a place or home within the space that was designed for it, that the people who participate in the Divine Service feel out of place or peripheral to the space meant for their encounter of the Divine Word, and that God is an afterthought to those buildings meant to be His home.
To be sure, there are a few firms that seem to get it. There are some building committees that seem to be guided with a sense of something more important than either what is cool or cost effective. But they are far too few and the many buildings that are modern and appropriate pale in comparison those which are just modern and mostly inappropriate to their purpose as places of gathering in which people come to meet God in His Word and Sacraments.
An interesting article speaks to this problem and does more than just complain (as I do) but offers some corrective paths to reconnect architecture with the purpose of the space, the people who are to inhabit it, and the neighborhood in which it is built. We can only hope that architects are listening....