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Architecture and Sacrament: A Critical Theory (Paperback)
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Architecture and Sacrament: A Critical Theory (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 14/04/2020
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David Wang's Architecture and Sacrament considers architectural theory from a Christian theological perspective, specifically, the analogy of being (analogia entis). The book tracks social and cultural reasons why the theological literature tends to be separate from contemporary architecture theory. Wang argues that retrieval of the sacramental outlook embedded within the analogy of being, which informed centuries of art and architecture in the West, can shed light on current architectural issues such as "big box stores," the environmental crisis and the loss of sense of community. The book critiques the materialist basis of current architectural discourse, subsumed largely under the banner of critical theory. This volume on how European ideas inform architectural theory compliments Wang's previous book, A Philosophy of Chinese Architecture: Past, Present, Future and will appeal to architecture students and academics, as well as those grappling with the philosophical moorings of all built environments.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9780815370659
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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"David Wang's participatory vision rings profoundly true. When buildings rhyme both with our own, internal moral order and with the harmony of the cosmos, they participate in the very life of God. Architecture and Sacrament is an unapologetic and deeply learned foray into the sacramental zone that results from the incarnation itself." - Hans Boersma, Nashotah House Theological Seminary

"Architecture and Sacrament argues that architecture today would be understood more truly and fruitfully viewed through the lens of historic Christian sacramental theology, with attendant implications for our understanding of persons, communities, environmental stewardship, and human participation in sacred order. David Wang's thesis is brave, radical, remarkable...." - Philip Bess, University of Notre Dame Professor of Architecture, author Till We Have Built Jerusalem

"Is Architecture and Sacrament a contemporary argument, foiled in the voices of contemporary thinkers, for Alberti's concinnitas? Alberti wrote:

Neither in the whole body nor in its parts does concinnitas flourish as much as it does in Nature herself; thus I might call it the spouse of the soul and of reason. It has a vast range in which to exercise itself and bloom - it runs through man's entire life and government, it molds the whole of Nature (9.5 para.5; trans Rykwert et al).

David Wang uses "rhyme" to signal an affective/cognitive integration that he points to a nestedness of the order in the individual, to the city, to a cosmos beyond: "The distribution of the built object in front of me rhymes with an internal moral order within me, which in turn rhymes with an orderliness in the cosmos." We can thank Wang for opening an entirely new, or new again, consideration of ultimate ends in the efforts we should make for places to which we are in the most significant ways suited." - Christopher C. Miller, Architecture Program Director and Professor, Department of Art, Benedictine College

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