Confess Your Design Sins! #DesignLUX Praises Ecclesiastic Design & Architecture

The team at DCoopMedia can't believe that we're already flipping our calendars to the month of April.  Wasn't it just yesterday that we were talking about what we'd be doing for New Year's Eve? (Spoiler alert: Did nothing and enjoyed every moment of it).

Sigh.

As we still haven't yet figured out how to turn back the hands of time, we're instead looking forward to Spring. Chances are that, with Easter approaching April 5th and the start of Passover on April 3rd, most of us will find ourselves in a church, synagogue, or other ecclesiastic edifice at some point in the upcoming weeks.  And be it from the comfort of a solid wood pew, a metal folding chair, or a cushy seat, I'm certain that we have all, at one point or another, let our eyes wander, taking stock of the architecture of our surroundings.  Good or bad, ultimately it's familiar and designed to serve just one purpose - to honor the presence of a higher power.

Cologne Cathedral - Cologne, Germany. DCoopMedia

Cologne Cathedral - Cologne, Germany. DCoopMedia

I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.
— Robert Louis Stevenson
All Saints Episcopal - Montecito, CA. DCoopMedia

All Saints Episcopal - Montecito, CA. DCoopMedia

Valley Christian Church - Tulare, CA.  DCoopMedia

Valley Christian Church - Tulare, CA.  DCoopMedia

Methodist Church - Bodie, CA. DCoopMedia

Methodist Church - Bodie, CA. DCoopMedia

For centuries, the house of worship has been the centerpiece of every community around the world.  The heavily ornamented spires of a medieval cathedral piercing the skyline of a European city square, the simple bell tower of an early American chapel peeking out from between the trees of a Southern town, or a modern glass encased spectacle of modern architecture, these structures are oftentimes inspired masterpieces of architecture, perfect examples of vernacular design, the best the world of design had to offer at the time of their creation.  

Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church at Tulane University - New Orleans, LA. DCoopMedia

Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church at Tulane University - New Orleans, LA. DCoopMedia

Stained Glass at The Parliament Buildings - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  DCoopMedia

Stained Glass at The Parliament Buildings - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  DCoopMedia

This is why this Thursday, April 2nd, #DesignLUX will be raising our hands, hearts, and voices to the proverbial roof with a discussion centered on ecclesiastic architecture.  From 400 year old French cathedrals to newly constructed buildings designed to honor both a higher power and Mother Earth, we'll talk architecture, design, and maybe even a bit of nostalgia.  Houses of Worship of all religions are welcome and we certainly hope to see your favorites in the mix.

#DesignLUX | Thursday April 2nd, 2015 | 1pmPT/4pmET
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