Archinect - News 2015-07-01T08:09:01-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/130794268/the-lunatic-builder-who-spent-50-years-and-counting-building-a-cathedral The "Lunatic Builder" who spent 50 years (and counting) building a cathedral Justine Testado 2015-06-30T14:25:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T14:25:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y6/y6plr3omx73fpec0.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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="http://jamesrogan.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Rogan</a> created a short documentary in 2010 based on Don Justo's ongoing story called <a href="http://www.cathedraljusto.com/home.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Madman and the Cathedral"</a>. Y...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116037548/sports-stadium-architecture-welcome-to-the-new-temples-of-pleasure Sports stadium architecture: Welcome to the new temples of pleasure Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T13:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-16T06:59:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/018d3e7e07c39f01602c5f396c1fea95.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It's like creating a contemporary cathedral in some ways [...]" "Often the stadium is meant to become the pride of a city, a landmark object, and as such, a monument representing the latest achievements in architecture." Since ancient Greeks built the first Olympic stadium in fine white marble, the arena has been as much about inspiring awe, as staging competition. Today's architects must go even further.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115653141/hadid-and-japanese-at-loggerheads-over-turtle-like-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid and Japanese at loggerheads over &lsquo;turtle-like&rsquo; Olympic stadium</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/83697535/sculptures-on-nyc-s-cathedral-of-st-john-the-divine-depict-a-modern-day-apocalypse Sculptures on NYC's Cathedral of St. John the Divine depict a modern-day apocalypse Archinect 2013-10-08T20:09:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T18:25:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d8/d8362977578418a1231b4cd89cfb6c10.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the Portal of Paradise on the western fa&ccedil;ade of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan are sculptures of the end of modern New York. The Brooklyn Bridge is breaking in two, a bus plummeting from it into the water while waves rise up over the toppling skyline. People run in a panic below the Stock Exchange, and next to them a scorpion, snake, and other signs of pestilence swarm a skeleton.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/67381750/cathedral-of-the-northern-lights-inaugurated Cathedral of the Northern Lights inaugurated Alexander Walter 2013-02-11T15:18:00-05:00 >2013-05-21T18:09:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ej/ejk5yue0j7r9g2ki.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new Cathedral of the Northern Lights, situated in the Norwegian town of Alta over 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, has just been inaugurated by the Crown Princess of Norway, Mette-Marit. The 154-foot-high cathedral, designed by Link Arkitektur in collaboration with schmidt hammer lassen architects and Haldde Arkitekter Inc., is perceived as a symbol and an architectural landmark for the entire area.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/63804390/university-of-miami-school-of-architecture-hosts-competition-to-rebuild-haitian-cathedral University of Miami School of Architecture hosts competition to rebuild Haitian cathedral Archinect 2012-12-20T13:08:00-05:00 >2012-12-24T15:23:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/ead6af6b76de3e7910dc945826b9ca55.jpg" width="316" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the University of Miami School of Architecture, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince and Faith and Form Magazine, has organized a competition to choose the design for the new Cathedral. In the past year, 250 architects around the world have collaborated to submit 134 plans for the reconstruction.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>