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Posted in From the Editor on June 29, 2016 11:49 am EDT

When Architecture and Technology Join Forces

Modern churches are filled with seamlessly operating and oftentimes invisibly hidden systems of technology -- from video screens to line array loudspeakers to security cameras. Why is this important to you as a designer of sacred space?

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By Carol Badaracco Padgett

Church Designer's MayJune offering was dubbed the "InfoComm 2016" issue. And this is why a technology tradeshow-themed issue is important to you as a designer of worship space.

Designing space for worship, sacred space, is a high calling. Nothing drove that home to me more than attending the American Institute of Architects’ (AIAs’) Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) knowledge network’s awards reception at the AIA 2016 opening party this summer in Philadelphia (May 18).

Time and again, as winners of various awards for new facilities and renovations would come up to the podium to say a few words, they would express their gratitude to co-sponsors Faith & Form magazine and IFRAA for recognizing sacred space design and its importance within communities—and for helping “bring the element of spiritual connection into a fractured society.” So true.

In contrast to these oftentimes starkly modern new builds, and sometimes historically majestic renovations that were honored at the reception, was the realization that modern technology is permeating nearly every one of these award-winning facilities. And technology, predominantly of the audio, video and lighting (AVL) variety, is helping these places of worship reach the local community once people get inside the building or come to attend a worship service. Technology is working hand-in-hand with the architectural design.

Sacred space architecture can have extreme impact on the people that make up our communities around the world. But it can have even more impact when the technology necessary to most effectively share the message is well thought out.

Church Designer gets this. Sacred space architecture can have extreme impact on the people that make up our communities around the world. But it can have even more impact when the technology necessary to most effectively share the message is well thought out, and when AVL design decisions are made in concert with architects from the very beginning of a project.

Paying homage to this fact, Church Designer keeps close to professional resources such as InfoComm (InfoComm International, the Audiovisual Association); LDI (Live Design International); NAB (the National Association of Broadcasters); Church Production LIVE, Church Designer’s sister publication’s new technology-focused regional events held in host churches across the U.S.—a strong resource for your church clients; and WFX (Worship Facilities Conference & Expo), as well as others. At InfoComm and beyond, our staff goes out in search of every piece of the design puzzle that can help you build excellent sacred spaces—works of art that truly work as instruments of spiritual communication in a modern world.

 

 

 

 

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