Architecture for the gods, Volume 1

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Images Pub. Group, 1999 - Architecture - 192 pages
Religious architecture has a timeless quality; sacred spaces have been built for thousands of years. But today architects are called upon to design buildings that respond to a variety of faiths, and the needs of different and changing congregations. This lavish book presents the best in new religious architecture, filled with four-color photographs and drawings that explain how each building fulfills the design requirements of various denominations. More than 30 projects are included, representing a range of faiths: Christian, Jewish and Islamic. Among the projects which are found across the western hemisphere, is the work of internationally known architects including Steven Holl, Fay Jones, Ricardo Legoretta and Andras Duany & Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. This book is valuable resource on recent religious architectural design.

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Advocates of aesthetic restraint in the service of God will find much to attack in this compendium of 43 highly adorned 20th-century North American houses of worship. Crosbie (architecture, Roger ... Read full review


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Donald Watson, FAIA, NCARB, is an architect in private practice. He is former Dean and Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York (1990-2000) and former Visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture and Chair of Yale's Master of Environmental Design Program (1970-1990). He has received the 2002 ASCA Distinguished Professor Award and a AIA Educational Honors Award (1997). His architectural work has received national and international design awards. His books include "Designing and Building a Solar House" (Garden Way, 1977), and "Climatic Building Design, " co-authored with Kenneth Labs (McGraw-Hill, 1983), recipient of the 1984 Best Book in Architecture and Planning Award from the American Publishers Association. He is editor-in-chief of "Time-Saver Standards for Building Materials and Systems" (2000) and "Time-Saver Standards for Urban Design" (2003).

Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D. is active in architectural journalism, research, teaching, and practice. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture from Catholic University. He has previously served as technical editor for "Architecture" and "Progressive Architecture" magazines and is a former contributing editor to "Construction Specifier." He is a licensed architect and a senior associate at Steven Winter Associates, a building systems research and consulting firm in Norwalk, Connecticut, and the editor-in-chief of "Faith & Form" magazine. Dr. Crosbie has won several journalism awards. He is the author of more than a dozen books on architectural subjects and several hundred articles that have appeared in publications such as "Architectural Record, Architecture, Collier's Encyclopedia Yearbook, Construction Specifier, Fine Homebuilding, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, Progressive Architecture, " and "Wiley's Encyclopedia of Architecture, Design, Engineering & Construction." He has been a visiting lecturer/critic at University of Pennsylvania; Columbia University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee; Yale School of Architecture; and the Moscow Architectural Institute and is adjunct professor of architecture at the Roger Williams University School of Architecture.