Your curated weekly collection of links to news, articles, blog posts, images, and events related to liturgical architecture and church-building from around the internet.
- Conference: The Glory of Catholic Architecture (Tradition in Continuity)
Report from the conference at Mundelein, also featuring Fr Lang.
- Christ Resurrection Church / Cino Zucchi Architetti (ArchDaily)
Liturgical arrangement is far more compelling in plan than in space. But it is a nice treatment, simple but not banal, and I look forward to seeing the completed furnishings.
- The Church of St. Aloysius / Erdy McHenry Architecture (ArchDaily)
Once again, architects give highly questionable descriptions of their church architecture. It seems to quote churchy phrases without fully understanding them, which leads to unnecessarily low-hanging fruit for nay-sayers. For example, tent imagery here is promising, but its complexity needs further explanation. Also, adjacencies is a good starting place for comprehension and approach to sacraments, but architects must go deeper and (if they already are) must learn to succinctly express it.
- Controversial Catholic Church in Salem Slated for Demolition (Huffington Post)
- Various Photographers (Van Der Laan Stichting)
The Van Der Laan Foundation seems to have been adding content even in the past few weeks. They now have many “official” photos. I particularly love the photos of Hans and Nico.
- Vatican congregation sets up office for art, architecture, music (CNS)
Good context, especially vis-a-vis Second Vatican Council, but need to dig up more information. The (reactionary) idea read elsewhere that this group would somehow become a review board for art and architecture is absurd. “The church has not adopted any particular style of art as her very own; she has admitted styles from every period according to the natural talents and circumstances of peoples, and the needs of the various rites.” SC
- Miami Chapel based on a flowing dress by FREE (Dezeen)
Definitely exceedingly architecturally expressive, but there is much more to it in the religious/devotional aspects, and perhaps even in the liturgical as well. It must be pointed out that this is a parish church, not a chapel as the title claims. There is a commendable full integration of a compelling devotional series (the 27 iterations of Latin American titles for Mary) into the otherwise potentially pure-form gesture. But a pet peeve rant: the diagram of “traditional church plan” is utterly regrettable, inappropriate, and incorrect. It achieves nothing (was the point to convince people you were being innovative as an end in itself?) and does not even accurately describe the arrangement.
- James Wood: The Book of Common Prayer (The New Yorker)
- Knocktopher Friary / ODOS Architects (ArchDaily)