infrastructure, architecture, religion, mall, worship
I propose that there is a symbiotic way of addressing the aforementioned issues. Using the architecture of a discontinued shopping mall to agglomerate religious houses of worship will establish the opportunity or an environment that promotes religious pluralism, while repurposing infrastructural scar tissue. While seemingly disparate, the mall and the house of worship afford similar opportunities. First, they bring together like-minded people, fostering a sense of community. Second, they are both quasi-public facilities (privately-owned but publicly accessible). They are targeted to a specific demographic and require behavioral conduct. Both are designed to promote an atmosphere conducive to their activity, and both involve repetitive ritual. When viewed through this lens, the shopping mall and the house of worship perform similarly as community hubs for gathering and exchange.
Burke, Barbara, "The Mall Reincarnate: Putting Faith in a Failed Mall" (2013). Architecture Senior Theses. 161.
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