Archinect - News 2017-08-17T17:47:10-04:00 The "Lunatic Builder" who spent 50 years (and counting) building a cathedral Justine Testado 2015-06-30T14:25:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T23:54:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There were never any construction plans or official permission. Everything is in my head. I am not an architect or a stonemason. I have never had any training in the building profession. My basic education was interrupted by the Civil War. I was inspired by books about cathedrals, castles and other religious buildings and they gave birth to my own work...&mdash;Don Justo Gallego Mart&iacute;nez</p></em><br /><br /><p>Born into humble means in the Spanish town of Mejorada del Campo in 1925 and having worked as a farmer and a bullfighter, Don Justo Gallego&nbsp;Mart&iacute;nez lived in a Trappist monastery for eight years until he was forced to leave when he contracted tuberculosis. Don Justo, who never had any training as an architect or a builder, was "left with [nothing but] the strong conviction that God wanted him to build a temple." And so he did. The year was 1963 when Don Justo first laid the foundation of the Cathedral in Mejorada that he continues to build today.</p><p>Perceived by neighbors as "The Lunatic Builder" because he was building without any authorized permission, Don Justo remained steadfast in his spiritual mission&nbsp;&mdash; with the help of public donations and technical advice&nbsp;&mdash; to keep working on his temple until "the end of [his] days".</p><p>Sounds like a movie, right?</p><p>Well, director <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Rogan</a> created a short documentary in 2010 based on Don Justo's ongoing story called <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Madman and the Cathedral"</a>. Y...</p> Great Synagogue of Edirne in Turkey, Europe's third largest synagogue, reopens after five-year restoration Justine Testado 2015-03-26T19:39:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T08:47:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Top Turkish government officials, nearly 100 international dignitaries, and 500 members of the Turkish Jewish community took part in a ceremony commemorating the re-opening of the Great Synagogue of Edirne today after a five-year restoration. The synagogue is claimed to be the largest synagogue in the Balkans and the third largest in Europe.</p><p>The $2.5 million government investment repaired the synagogue's lead-clad domes, its collapsed roof and walls, and its foundation was fortified. Inside, the floor covering was restored to its original patterns and colors, as well as the Torah inscriptions. Turkey&rsquo;s Prime Ministry General Directorate of Foundations oversaw the restoration.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>The Great Synagogue of Edirne - after and before restoration</em>.</p><p>The push to rebuild the Great Synagogue began in 2010, as part of an effort to mitigate restrictions on Turkey's non-Muslim religious minorities.&nbsp;Authorities describe the Great Synagogue's reopening as a symbol of tolerance towards Turkey's Jewish commu...</p> A glimpse on the changing state of religious architecture in the latest Faith&Form/IFRAA Awards Justine Testado 2015-01-05T20:26:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:51:12-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Religious architecture is a typology where the traditional and the contemporary can easily clash, but it is possible to create harmony between the two, as seen in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Faith &amp; Form</em></a>/IFRAA Awards. The annual awards program not only showcases a glimpse of the wide range of religious architecture around the globe, it also poses the question of how architects can rethink a sacred congregational space that is suitable for the evolving state of present-day religious practice.</p><p>According to <em>Faith &amp; Form</em> editor-in-chief Michael J. Crosbie, the jury of the latest edition of the Awards -- Terry Byrd Eason (liturgical designer, jury chair); Michael Berkowicz (artist); Craig Rafferty (architect); Doug Johnston (architect); and Rev. Robb Webb (clergy) --&nbsp; were most impressed with the diversity of architectural styles and overall sophistication of the 134 submissions, regardless if they were small or large, modest or opulent.</p><p>Compared to 19 winners last year, a total of 32 projects were awarded this t...</p> 2013 Faith & Form/IFRAA Awards winners revive and modernize religious architecture and art Justine Testado 2014-01-09T18:37:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T17:12:59-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners of the international 2013 Faith &amp; Form/IFRAA Awards Program restored and remodeled religious spaces that can indeed be deemed worthy of praise. Founded in 1978 and co-sponsored by Faith &amp; Form Magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA), the annual awards program recognizes the best in architecture, liturgical design, and art for religious spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here's a selection of the winning submissions:<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Find more winning submissions and other competition details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of 2013 Faith &amp; Form/IFRAA Awards Program.</em></p> Romania's church-building boom Nam Henderson 2013-08-07T13:54:00-04:00 >2013-08-07T13:54:31-04:00 <img src="" width="624" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Romania's Minister of Religious Affairs, Victor Opaschi, concedes that there is a close working relationship between the church and politicians during electoral campaigns, and that this is "not a good thing".</p></em><br /><br /><p> Tessa Dunlop reports in from&nbsp;Romania where the Orthodox Church is in the midst of a growth spurt with as many as 10 new places of worship being completed every month, and the enormous Cathedral for the People's Salvation&nbsp;is slowly taking shape. However, Romanians have begun to question the use of public funds for such purposes, especially in one of the poorest countries in the EU.</p> Brooks + Scarpa with KZF Design Studio release proposal for the new Interfaith Chapel at the University of North Florida Archinect 2013-01-18T18:58:00-05:00 >2013-01-21T10:04:31-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Brooks + Scarpa and KZF Design Studio have released their proposal for the new Interfaith Chapel at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The proposed 7000 square foot Interfaith Chapel is designed to be a special place where students and others can slow down their lives, re-focus on their spiritual needs and reflect.&nbsp; At the same time, the Chapel will support a variety of diverse religious services, student ceremonies, weddings, other intimate events, lectures, meditative practices and musical performances.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The informal shape of the building footprint symbolizes an allegorical figure, such as Justice, Faith, Hope, Charity, Prudence and Fortitude. The buildings form draws upon references of flowing formal gowns used in weddings and other ceremonial rituals. The top of the building culminates with a large skylight that is shaded by a wooden lattice spire whose form is derived from the symbol of infinity. This combination of flowing natural and cosmic element...</p> Are US Muslims abandoning domes and minarets out of fear? Nam Henderson 2012-02-02T11:05:00-05:00 >2012-02-05T17:11:56-05:00 <img src="" width="224" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"You can have a grand dome and grand minaret, but if it doesn't really serve the purpose, if it only has a large prayer space and nothing else, then you're not really fulfilling the needs of the community," he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In post 9/11 America the construction of new mosques in the US has sometimes sparked controversy and even confrontation. Is that why some new Muslim houses of worship are being built without the most recognisable features of Islamic architecture - minarets and domes?</p> Competition launched to decorate Moscow churches Archinect 2011-12-15T11:55:25-05:00 >2011-12-15T11:57:28-05:00 <img src="" width="500" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;These churches must become not only a decoration of our city, but truly a phenomenon of civic and church art of our 21st century,&rdquo; said Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov, the executive secretary of the Patriarchal Council for Culture, at a news conference. &ldquo;They must become a kind of pearl of ancient tradition, uniting historic Moscow with its new districts and buildings.&rdquo; He said the terms of the competition would be announced by the end of the year.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Crystal Cathedral congregants ‘devastated’ by church sale Archinect 2011-11-21T13:19:55-05:00 >2011-11-21T13:23:29-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some congregants at Crystal Cathedral said they felt blindsided by the church board after it threw its weight behind a bid from the Catholic Church &ndash;- an offer that effectively boots them from their landmark site in Garden Grove. The ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Kwan to allow the sale of Crystal Cathedral to the Diocese of Orange was met with tears.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Philip Johnson's iconic church gets purchased by the Catholic church.</p> Moore Ruble Yudell: Episcopal Church of Pacific Palisades Orhan Ayyüce 2011-01-12T12:51:00-05:00 >2012-12-07T12:40:58-05:00 <img src="" width="472" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles W. Moore</a> is indeed one of the pivotal architect and the author of the now notorious and often inadequately understood (and naively dismissed on formal grounds) Po Mo period of 70's and 80's.</p> <p> In early eighties, Moore's collaborative, still known and functioning to date as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moore Ruble Yudell</a>, has produced a breath taking masterpiece in a Los Angeles suburb Pacific Palisades. The Parish of Saint Matthew or commonly known as Episcopal Church of Pacific Palisades was a product of architects' close collaboration with the community in the design stage and results were a perfect blend of architects' talent and community's approval.<br> As the recently graduated young architect, I remember my visit to the church when it was first opened in 1983 or thereabouts.<br> After nearly thirty years, I was again there last Sunday morning to pay my respect to a deceased friend of a friend and while I was there, I said hello to Mr. Moore who died in 1993.<br> I delightfully observed how well building...</p>