Our longtime readers will remember my thesis project from three years ago, a hypothetical design for a Baroque seminary in western Wisconsin, which received the Rambusch Prize for Religious Architecture that year. (It is especially apt in view of my recent move to the area.) I have an article discussing its design in Dappled Things this quarter
, complete with handsome illustrations by the author. More importantly, the piece also probes the larger purpose of student projects and what is often called "paper architecture," that fun architectural parallel universe of what might have been, what could have been, and what definitely wasn't. In these cases,airily dreaming big may help the aspiring architect to think gritty and small when the right moment comes along, or even gritty and big if he's lucky. Now that I am increasingly heavily-immersed in real-world architectural concerns (including some potential ecclesiastical projects), this has been a topic on my mind a lot lately.
Anyway, have a look at it, and a look round Dappled Things
--there's a lot of fun stuff in the current edition
, including a teaser for a longer article on the vocation of the Christian artist
, and an interview with Carlos Eire
, the thoughtful, funny academic and author of the equally thoughtful and funny Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of A Cuban Boy
, a favorite recent read of mine. (For one thing, Prof. Eire is the only man I know of to have proved the existence of God using eggplants (or was it melons?), sharks in a swimming pool, and a fondness for green lizards.