18th March Crit and tutorials

Here are couple pictures from our cross-crit today. Students are in the middle of BRIEF2B:REALISE. Big Thank You to our external crits Daehwa Kang, Associates at Zaha Hadid Architects,  Stephen Melville, Director at Ramboll Computational Design, Harry Charrington, Course Leader of the University of Westminster, Gordon Shrigley, Unit Master of Diploma Studio 14.

Josh Haywood's Pop-up Mosque in Trafalgar Square
Josh Haywood’s Pop-up Mosque in Trafalgar Square
Josh Haywood's Pop-up Mosque in Trafalgar Square
Josh Haywood’s Pop-up Mosque in Trafalgar Square
Josh Haywood's Pop-up Mosque in Trafalgar Square
Josh Haywood’s Pop-up Mosque in Trafalgar Square
Andrei Jippa's 3D printed Urban Utopia model
Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed Urban Utopia model
Andrei Jippa's 3D printed Urban Utopia model
Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed Urban Utopia model
Andrei Jippa's 3D printed Urban Utopia model
Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed Urban Utopia model
Andrei Jippa's 3D printed Urban Utopia model
Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed Urban Utopia model
Andrei Jippa's 3D printed Urban Utopia model
Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed Urban Utopia model
Will Garforth Bless Bamboo Tower
Will Garforth Bless Bamboo Tower
Will Garforth Bless Bamboo Tower
Will Garforth Bless Bamboo Tower
Jessica Beagleman's Kabala Synagogue
Jessica Beagleman’s Kabala Synagogue
Mark Simpson's Synthetic Diamond Company
Mark Simpson’s Synthetic Diamond Company
Mark Simpson DeBeers' diamond control map
Mark Simpson DeBeers’ diamond control map
Paul Thorpe's laser-cut Petal Modules for Burning Man
Paul Thorpe’s laser-cut Petal Modules for Burning Man
Paul Thorpe's Tennis Stadium Module
Paul Thorpe’s Tennis Stadium Module
Natasha Coutts' Sami Eco-Retreat
Natasha Coutts’ Sami Eco-Retreat
Natasha Coutts' Sami Eco-Retreat
Natasha Coutts’ Sami Eco-Retreat
Henry Turner's Wavy Boardwalk in Falmouth
Henry Turner’s Wavy Boardwalk in Falmouth
Charlotte Yates' London Fashion Week Origami Catwalk in Sommerset House
Charlotte Yates’ London Fashion Week Origami Catwalk in Sommerset House

Spiritual Path, Sacred Place: Myth, Ritual and Meaning in Architecture

SpiritualPathSacredPlace

This is a very good book that thoroughly relates to our Brief 3.

“This book is a comparative study of how sacred space if formed and entered, documented by architectural examples from many different religions, locations, and historical settings. Moreover, it intends to establish correspondences between the religious and cultural setting and the architecture, arguing that sacred architecture often symbolizes the spiritual path and its goal. […] The book argues that sacred architecture often provided a detailed “symbol posted” way to spiritual transformation”.

The writer Thomas Barrie points out that “the Way, the spiritual path, the sacred journey” describe not only a spiritual and psychological setting but a physical one as well. Thus he attempts to show that “sacred architecture often provided a detailed ‘symbol posted’ way to spiritual transformation,” and he tries to illustrate this with specific examples in chapter 6. The first chapter provides an introductory overview. The second is about “symbols, structures, and rituals,” and includes archetypes, the hero’s journey, and pilgrimage. The third chapter is on “elements and experience” in architectural theory. In chapter 4 he discusses “the Sacred Path and Place,” including meaning and place, the place of creation, axis mundi etc., the celestial city, sacred geometry, and ritual settings. The fifth chapter describes the sacred use that can be made. Six types of paths: the axial, split, radial, grid, circumambulating, and segmented. The selected sites in chapter 6 are the Temple of Amun-Re; the Temple of Apollo; Koto-in Xen Temple, Daitoku-ji Monastery; the Cathedral of Sainte-Madeleine; and the Brion-Vega Cemetery. The final chapter, Arrival, is a kind of archetypal description of the elements common to many forms of sacred architecture. He criticizes modern architecture for its failure to provide “a meaningful sense of place and an articulated path to attain it—paths and places that perhaps lead us to a better understanding of who we are”.