Tuesday, May 26, 2009

After Immanence

I've found Mark Torgerson's irenic explication of modernist church design, An Architecture of Immanence, a helpful resource, especially the wonderful appendixes. Here's an online review. What the reviewer does not mention is that at the end of the book, Torgerson - who is deeply sympathetic to modernism - admits its failure, and points to the need for some kind of return to traditional architecture. The assumptions of liberal Protestant theology that were yoked to modernism, in Torgerson's words, "have been proven false." At the risk of self-linking, I like to think this puts Torgerson in agreement with Bess and Glazer.

You can read the entire conclusion at Google books, which is well worth doing.

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