SACROsecular – Brian Spangler

The architectural conversation throughout history has always been integrated and intertwined with that of religion.  Religion itself is delicate, and when a building begins to dictate how one practices their religion, it becomes an even more fragile and intriguing topic of discussion.  However what happens when you get rid of the building, and integrate the progression of the cross into the fabric of Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa? 

SCHOOL: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
STUDENT: Brian Spangler 
YEAR: 2010
COURSE: Thesis

As urban landscapes continue to density as epicenters of economic, social, and cultural interaction, micro-communities within the larger context will increasingly seek ways through spatial intervention to exploit spiritual identity.

The Church is here challenged to re-evaluate a typology reflective of traditions that have remained unchanged for millennia by embracing 21st century notions of exchange, transparency, and coexistence.” – Brian Spangler 

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