Constellations: Spaces [o]f[or] Religion

Architecture and religion have a symbiotic relationship. The act of worship requires a place of worship, which in turn must entertain the congregation of masses. This gathering of people usually manifests within interiors of buildings; however, in most cases the exterior conditions must be spacious enough to accommodate the entering and exiting crowd. As a result, the public square was born, not out of the necessity to give space within the city back to the people, but to allow specific worshipers the access to a particular destination.

This exhibition explores the reality of these public spaces and their religious affiliation by looking at cities with demonstrated demographic divisions, as well as those cities that were planned according to religious sites and/or beliefs. The right to use these spaces has sparked conflict in some cities of the world, while in others it has forged unity and coexistence. The graphics on display show an intentional abstraction in terms of mapping and use of color; consequently, it becomes apparent that these issues of space and the right of access are present throughout the world. Conflict is not isolated in the ‘Orient’, and there is a universal need to comprehend this phenomenon.