Anastasia Benko

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shrines, architecture, religion, mazar, christianity, ritual




Shrines are used throughout different cultures to mark graves, sites of importance, and or events that may have occurred, and any number of things that may holds significance to an individual or a group of people. The interest in studying these constructs, however, comes from the shared aesthetic qualities that are utilized in many different families of shrines to create a sense of spirituality, or more specifically, to create a heightened awareness of an individual’s understanding of him/her self. Architecture can learn from the vernacular of shrines in order to understand the inherent spirituality of a structure. This vernacular is composed of four major aspects: the importance of locality, the effect of object accretion, the power of user interaction, and the impact of the architectural icon within a landscape. By borrowing these concepts that are inherent in the construction of semi-architectural shrines, a reanimated and thought provoking architecture can be created.


Syracuse School of Architecture Thesis Prep

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