Archinect - News 2015-03-30T20:20:46-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/121046504/vatican-s-renovated-public-restrooms-provides-showers-haircuts-for-the-homeless Vatican's Renovated Public Restrooms Provides Showers, Haircuts for the Homeless Nicholas Korody 2015-02-18T15:02:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T22:54:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tv68l6a1gc097k76.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Vatican said Friday it had finished renovations on public restrooms just off St. Peter's Square that will include three showers and a free barber shop for the city's neediest. Each "homeless pilgrim," as the Vatican called the clients, will receive a kit including a towel, change of underwear, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, razor and shaving cream. The showers will be open every day but Wednesday, when the piazza is full for the pope's general audience. Haircuts will be available Mondays.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The sleek, clean facilities &ndash; with grey walls, white washbasins and a "hi-tech looking" barber's chair &ndash; opened two days ago. According to Pope Francis'&nbsp;chief alms-giver, Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, the initiative is intended to help the homeless secure jobs and residences, something that is often incredibly difficult if they are perceived as dirty and smelly. Staffed by volunteer barbers, the facilities will be open everyday except Wednesday, when Bernini's famous square is filled with people attending the Pope's general addresses.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7fao6ws05qppg76.jpg"></p><p>Emerging out of the new Pope's stated imperative to (re)orient the Catholic Church around its poorest constituents, the bathrooms come after the Church recently distributed umbrellas and sleeping bags to the homeless. Additionally, over Christmas, the Church distributed 1,600 phone cards to migrants &ndash; chiefly Muslim and from North Africa &ndash; on the island of Lampedusa.</p><p>Projects like the new bathroom facilities are a great way to address the issue of homeles...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88063916/santiago-calatrava-exhibition-now-open-in-vatican-city Santiago Calatrava exhibition now open in Vatican City Justine Testado 2013-12-04T14:48:00-05:00 >2013-12-05T20:39:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c42cauu1hxgaeggl.jpg" width="514" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Santiago Calatrava: The Metamorphosis of Space exhibition celebrated its grand opening at the Braccio di Carlo Magno in Vatican City today. Curated by Micol Forti of the Vatican Museums, the special exhibition presents over 140 artistic works of Calatrava, including his never-before-seen architectural models, sculptures, and watercolor drawings.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g9/g9y07bvug9mn211e.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8e1eohd2ier4833u.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xm/xm1ahh389w1h4thd.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/st/st42sdokjjynmbud.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kh/kh8umpicrdaxhg0j.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images property of Studio Calatrava &copy; Santiago Calatrava</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73180632/the-roman-catholic-church-is-coming-to-the-venice-biennale The Roman Catholic Church is coming to the Venice Biennale Archinect 2013-05-14T20:44:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T18:06:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/1840bc0898acc9ca2638cc3c7c6decff.jpg" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Vatican&rsquo;s presence at the Biennale is the brainchild of Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, an exuberant polymath who as president of the Pontifical Council for Culture since 2009 has tried to build bridges between the church and contemporary culture, two worlds that have often clashed.</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>