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Multifaith Spaces and the Public Face of Religion

  • Elm Institute Library (map)

Multifaith spaces where people of different faiths can pray and meditate have become increasingly common in a variety of public places from airports and hospitals to prisons, schools, and police stations. From an architectural perspective, these spaces are often bland since it is hard to incorporate significant architectural design without appearing to favor one tradition over others. Must multifaith spaces inevitably be architecturally insipid? And how has the rapid emergence of multifaith spaces in the last two decades affected the public’s experience of religion and the sacred?

Lunch will be provided. Spaces are limited; those wishing to attend should RSVP to Patrick Hough.

Kyle Dugdale is Critic in Architecture at the Yale School of Architecture.