UBC Graduate Research

Multi-faith Architecture : Accommodating for belief in a post-secular society Smith, Sean


Amongst modernizing societies, the architecture for sacred spaces lies stuck in the milieu of traditional religious expression and while thought the rise of secularism would lead to religion being irrelevant in the urban sphere, religion is growing globally and continues to play a large role in the lives of millions of Canadians. This thesis aims to re-imagine the notion of religious space by creating a vibrant multi-faith center that houses a multitude of religious and cultural groups at the University of British Columbia. With the need to provide fair access to resources, multi-faith spaces serve as a paradigm for the respectful societies we wish to build and encourage the acceptance and inclusion of minorities in a multicultural landscape.

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