On November 5, 2011, there will be a closing ceremony for the Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings exhibition curated by Matilde Cassani, hosted by Storefront for Art and Architecture. The event will feature a panel discussion with Courtney Bender, Columbia University, Department of Religion; Maria Gonzales Pendas, GSAPP Columbia University; Patricia Bellucci, Fordham Center on Religion and Culture; along with representatives from religious communities and individuals who submitted to the project’s open call.
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From Jidda, Nicolai Ouroussoff reports on a Saudi governemnt plan to engineer four new urban centers—what the planners are calling ”economic cities”—in the Arabian desert, all to be completed by 2030. This massive endeavor is projected to create over a million new jobs and four million new homes. These new cities, the government claims, will pave the way for a less-oil dependent economic future and will open space for a new class of doctors, engineers, and businessmen to flourish, but the cities have also been designed to effect another sort of social change.
Postwar Yugoslavia was confronted with a rather difficult task: How to give meaning to a new state that was simultaneously the protectorate of religious and national difference but also a project that transcended these differences? Bogdan Bogdanovic’s work, largely focused on monuments commemorating the victims of fascism, was ideal for trying to give this project an architectural language.
Tomorrow at New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge, Erica Robles will present “The Crystal Cathedral Megachurch: Architecting the Rise of Mediated Congregation.” The talk, which runs from 12-2pm, will focus on the confluence of architectural postmodernism and emergent media technologies in the reconfiguration of sacred space under the glittering arches of the American megachurch.