The Bartlett School of Architecture
2010 - Tutor: Dr. Shaun Murray
By engaging experience and participant in a mutually co-creating dialog, the Syncretic Temple seeks to transform both architecture and the subject experiencing it.
The culmination of a year of intensive study of the potential for constructing of meaning via architecture, this project is the instantiation of the “5 Parts of Ritual Imprinting” from Wallace’s Religion: An Anthropological View. These parts are Pre-learning, Separation, Suggestion, Execution, and Maintenance.
By imagining the successive steps of the imprinting process as a sequence of controlled experiences, the project establishes and encourages the adoption of a syncretic belief system by the fictional participant, based on the ideas and themes explored during my graduate research.
The project attempts to encapsulate the ideas of Wallace, Bell, Durkheim, and Butler (et al) regarding: ritualization of performance, habituation of the performer, and the ritual view of time as being circular rather than linear. To quote Bell, “...a focus on the acts themselves illuminates a critical circularity to the body’s interaction with this environment: generating it, it is molded by it in turn.” (Bell. Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice. p.99)