Professor David Gilbert
March 11th 2016 saw Making Suburban Faith hold our first symposium, on the theme of Architecture, Creativity and the Spaces of Everyday Faith. It was an unseasonably warm and sunny day, and also a big day for the project, with a presentation of the Architecture project with Brentside School and Mangera Yvars to follow in an event that evening. The Symposium took place in the grand surroundings of Royal Holloway’s centre in Bloomsbury, a recently refurbished town-house in Bedford Square.
The symposium brought together different perspectives on the relationship between built form and the characteristics of faith and worship. While our project is focused on suburbia, the symposium broadened out to discuss other perspectives on the spaces of everyday faith. This included academics with an interest in design and architectural history; other academics and practitioners involved in the planning and conservation of religious buildings; practicing architects with experience in the making of new faith spaces or the conversion of other buildings; and faith leaders and worshippers of different faiths, theological positions and liturgical traditions. Please click through for copies of the programme and abstracts.