Wang, David, 1954-

Architecture and sacrament : a critical theory / David Wang. - 1 online resource

Cover -- Half Title -- Endorsement -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of contents -- Acknowledgements -- Figures -- Introduction -- Analogia entis (Analogy of Being) -- Notes -- 1 Architecture in a World of Originals -- The Structuralist Turn -- Analogy of Being -- Three Paradigms -- Symbol and Practice in the Sacramental Zone -- Vestigiality in 1.9(c) -- Notes -- 2 The Loss of Glow: Architecture in an Age of Representation -- Glow (1) -- Phenomenology and Light -- Glow (2) -- Directionality and Glow in Experiences of Architecture -- Glow and Its Loss -- Notes 3 A Critique of "Criticalist" Architectural Theory -- The Marxist Roots of Critical Theory -- Transcendent Uncertainty: A Critique of Criticalist Architectural Theory -- Notes -- 4 Dwelling in the Sacramental Zone -- Dwelling Material and Immaterial -- True, Good, Beautiful, and the Journey Towards It -- Concepts of Hut versus No-Hut-At-All -- Dwelling and Abduction -- Two Trees: The Aesthetics of Dwelling in the Sacramental Zone -- From Pastoral to Urban: The Aesthetics of Journey in Relation to Dwelling in the Sacramental Zone -- Notes -- 5 Sustainable Design in the Sacramental Zone Actual-Analogical Life in Relation to Agriculture -- The Loss of Analogical Proportion between Human Being and "Nature" -- The Agricultural Eucharist -- Abiding in Place -- Dominion -- Notes -- 6 Creativity in the Sacramental Zone -- Creativity in the Sacramental Zone -- Disproportion -- Moment-by-Moment Creativity -- Everyday versus Disciplinary Creativity -- Rays of Light: Creativity in the Sacramental Zone -- Notes -- 7 God in the Details : Sacrament and Tectonic Jointure -- Ubiquity/Uniqueness -- Center -- Horizontal Sublime: Procession and Precinct -- Moral Light Gardens as Narrated Nature -- Complex Authenticity -- Architecture in Rhythm with History -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index

"David Wang's Architecture and Sacrament considers contemporary architecture theory from a Christian theological perspective. Wang explains the social and cultural reasons why the theological literature tends to be separate from current literature in architecture theory. This book bridges the divide by showing, for example, how the loss of sacramental outlooks, which guided centuries of art and architecture in the West, can shed light on the plight of "big box stores," the environmental crisis and the loss of a sense of community. The book critiques the materialist basis of current architectural theory, subsumed largely under the banner of critical theory, and calls for a return to a metaphysics building, thinking and dwelling that largely animated the production of Western culture from Greco-Roman times to the Modernist era. This book 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"--

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Architecture and religion.
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