The School of Architecture and the Graham Foundation hosts the first international symposium on architecture, ethics, and spiritual geography bringing together a diverse community of scholars, design practitioners, and a local community to participate in a series of lectures, panel discussions, and workshops located around the central questions of perception, place, and ethical landscapes.
Co-organized by Ozayr Saloojee (Architecture), Virajita Singh (Center for Sustainable Building Research) and Richard Kroeker (Dalhousie University, Canada) the symposium has two tracks:
One track examines the role of the sacred as place and perception in our creative processes and sits at the locus of academia and professional practice. The focus is necessarily inter-faith and cross-cultural, highlighting the rich dialogue of sacred space to contemporary questions of politics, identity, and belonging. Sessions will include examinations of architecture and the sacred across world heritage, ethics, Abrahamic, and eastern religious traditions.
The second, parallel, track brings together community elders and other members of the Native American Dakota community who have worked to preserve sacred spaces against great odds, to examine and recount their history, and begin to map the way toward cultural restoration. This track will be opened by traditional spiritual ceremonies and will include speakers from mid-western Lakota communities and MikMaq First Nations communities from Canada.
The symposium is free and open to the public and will be held Friday, April 4, 2008 through Sunday, April 6, 2008 in Rapson Hall.
Additional sponsors of the symposium are the College of Design, the Metropolitan Design Center, Station 19 Architects, AIA-Minnesota, the Institute for Advanced Studies, the Consortium for the Study of the Asias, and the Space and Place Collaborative.