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Constructing the Ineffable

Contemporary Sacred Architecture

Karla Britton (Editor), Yale University School of Architecture (Other primary creator)


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Throughout the history of the built environment there has been no more significant endeavor than the construction of houses of worship, which were once the focal point around which civilizations and city-states developed. Constructing the Ineffable is the first book to examine this topic across continents and from the perspective of multiple faiths, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Baha'i. It addresses how sacred buildings such as churches, mosques, synagogues, and memorials are viewed in the context of contemporary architecture and religious practice.

Featuring more than a dozen essays by a broad range of leading international architects, historians, and theologians, Constructing the Ineffable offers a fundamental exploration of defining and understanding contemporary sacred spaces. This thought-provoking book also invites readers to consider the powerful influence of religion on civic life and to discuss the role that design and construction play in religious buildings.

Distributed for the Yale School of Architecture

Praise For Constructing the Ineffable: Contemporary Sacred Architecture

"[A] very good introduction . . . Excellent short essays and inspiring illustrations make it readily accessible to the educated, general reading public . . . Very few books like this appear nowadays."—P. Kaufman, Choice
— P. Kaufman

The Yale School of Architecture, 9780300170375, 248pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2011

About the Author

Karla Britton is lecturer at the Yale School of Architecture.