ARC 590 TUT 490- Special Topics: Building New Denominations

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Course No.: 12152

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2015 Spring

Location: Hayes B – 01K

Meeting Day(s): Wednesday

Meeting Time: 8:30AM - 11:10AM

Faculty: Maher

From March 2006 – August 2014, the Catholic Archdiocese of Buffalo decommissioned and sold 79 former churches. These churches punctuate the city landscape as polished stones left behind by overwhelming forces. The resistance that the buildings show to possible new programs, the inertia that is the counterpart to their tectonic majesty, is a fascinating social and design challenge. This course will explore the historical, cultural, and physical territory of deconsecration in Buffalo. Professionals in the fields of humanities, religious studies, preservation, real estate, and architecture, will engage in discussion concerning the past, present and future of the city’s churches.