Extraordinary Architectural Experiences: Comparative Study of Three Paradigmatic Cases of Sacred Spaces

Montreal

Today I was honored to present a paper I co-authored with Julio Bermudez at the International Congress on Ambiances at the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal. The refereed presentation was titled “Extraordinary Architectural Experiences: Comparative Study of Three Paradigmatic Cases of Sacred Spaces.”

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ABSTRACT: Using nearly 2,900 entries to a survey on ‘Extraordinary Architectural Experiences’ (EAEs) as a general background mapping the ‘subjective side’ of extraordinary atmospheres, this paper focuses on three paradigmatic (and sacred) buildings reported to induce such exceptional responses: the Chartres Cathedral, the Pantheon, and the chapel of Ronchamp. The purpose is to (a) Present the unique phenomenological signature of each building’s ambiance; and (b) Offer a comparative analysis between them and in relation to EAEs in general.