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The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence, and the Eternal Hardcover – December 19, 2012
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"If one is interested in the current state of sacred architecture and the issues inherent in this battle, there is no better book on the market." -The Imaginative Conservative
"The qualities that led us to select Mr. Stroik as the design architect of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel are on full display in Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence, and the Eternal." -Dr. Michael F. McLean, President, Thomas Aquinas College
"Mr. Stroik is a true champion of beauty in churches." -Catholic Media Review
For decades, Duncan Stroik has led the renewal movement in Catholic church architecture and its reengagement with tradition. Once a lone voice crying in the wilderness, he has since become a leading educator and practitioner, a man whose name is almost a household word and has proven that large, beautiful, traditional Catholic architecture is indeed possible today. For this reason, this book is almost as much a collection of primary source readings about Stroik's role in the New Classical movement as it is a primer on church architecture itself. --Denis R. McNamara
About the Author
Duncan Stroik's architectural practice and career have helped lead the evolution of the international classical movement, and over the past decade his work has been instrumental in the new renaissance of sacred architecture. He is an internationally noted classical designer and heavily involved in promoting the new renaissance in Catholic architecture. He combines a passion for an architecture of durability, beauty, and function, with an intimate knowledge of Catholic liturgy. Duncan Stroik's experience includes the design of ecclesiastical, civic, institutional, large residential and collegiate buildings. Stroik and his work have been featured on PBS, A&E, and EWTN television.
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In addition to designing beautiful contemporary classical-based buildings in his South Bend architecture practice, Mr. Stroik is Professor of Architecture at University of Notre Dame, and is founder and editor of Sacred Architecture Journal.
My take on Duncan Stroik's talk and walk is that there is no one more qualified to lead the charge if we Catholics really want to stop building the "ugly as sin" churches we have been building for the last fifty years, and his book, The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence, and the Eternal, is a perfect way for Catholics to come up to speed on the subject.
I thought that the best thing about this book was its combination of real world knowledge about the state of the field of catholic architecture (a background that distinguishes him more purely theological writers on the subject) and profound grasp of the many church documents, regulations, historical factors and the like that all factor in this nuanced and often incompressibly complex field--as I was reading I kept thinking: "how does he know all this stuff? This ability to bring the many sides of sacred architecture to the table is what gives this book's its broad applicability and readability. Indeed, this is that valuable type of work "the specialist writing for the common man" that is so often compelling. In this sense the issues raised in this book would be valuable to every catholic priest, search committee member, and anyone interested in the field.