The College of Architecture would like to congratulate Architecture Professor Rumiko Handa for her latest collaborative publication “Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality” published by Ashgate and edited by Thomas Barrie, Julio Bermudez and Phillip Tabb. According to the publisher, the book explores how architecture has long been understood as a cultural discipline able to articulate the human condition and lift the human spirit, yet the spirituality of architecture is rarely directly addressed in academic scholarship. However the seventeen chapters of this book provide a diverse range of perspectives, grouped according to topical themes. Even though the authors approach their subject from a range of disciplines and theoretical positions, all share an interest in the need to rediscover, redefine, or reclaim the sacred in everyday experience, scholarly analysis and design.
In Handa’s chapter entitled, “Experiencing the Architecture of the Incomplete, Imperfect and Impermanent” she asserts that even though architects and designers hope that their creations are permanent and lasting ones, it seems inevitable that its historical purpose and meaning will change over time. Handa proposes that change for these buildings and structures is more the norm than the exception and emphasizes the value and significance of a structure’s incompleteness, imperfection and impermanence. Handa beautifully explores the various ways change and imperfection can engage the imagination and alter the experiences of its visitors and inhabitance.
The College of Architecture would like to congratulate Rumiko Handa on this amazing accomplishment and encourages everyone to check out the book! It's a great read!