Richard S. Vosko

Musings on religion, art and architecture

8/9/11-Transcending Architecture: Aesthetics & Ethics of the Numinous

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An interdisciplinary symposium will take place this Fall (October 6-8, 2011) at the Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning. It is entitled “Transcending Architecture: Aesthetics and Ethics of the Numinous”.  Attendance is free of charge but you must register to secure a seat.

In an age obsessed with speed, consumerism, technology, immediacy, and quantity, an architecture that transcends constitutes a radical and risky act of love and compassion born out of a spiritual and cultural awakening.

This symposium will consider the aesthetics and ethics that move us from the ordinary to the extraordinary, from the profane to the sacred. Far from avoiding the charged issues of subjectivity, society and intangibility, we will examine the phenomenological, symbolic, and designerly ways in which the holy gets fixed and transmitted through architecture.

A remarkable group of presenters will provide attendees with ample opportunities for intellectual, spiritual, and professional growth. Confirmed speakers include Juhani Pallasmaa Hon FAIA, Karsten Harries, Thomas Barrie AIA, Karla Britton, Michael Crosbie AIA, Lindsay Jones, Rebecca Krinke, Travis Price FAIA, Susan Reatig FAIA, Kevin Seasoltz, Maged Senbel, Duncan Stroik, Richard Vosko Hon AIA, Mark Wedig, and others

AIA CE credits will be available for parts or full program.

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Author: Richard S. Vosko

Richard S. Vosko, Ph.D., Hon. AIA, is an internationally known sacred space planner. He is a presbyter in the Diocese of Albany who enjoys the classroom as much as the pulpit. On Sundays he presides at worship at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Albany, NY. For more information on Vosko’s background, his projects, publications and speaking engagements please go to his website. For his homilies and occasional musings about religion, art and architecture go to his blog. Comments, questions and suggestions are always welcomed there.

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