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The AIA Interfaith Design (ID) Knowledge Community encourages and supports excellence in the design of worship spaces and their accoutrements. Interfaith Design is an association of professionals whose primary interest is religious facilities in a broad array of traditions. We value an interfaith forum for the exchange of ideas relating to religion, art, and architecture. Join us!

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Tri-Faith Commons and Interfaith Campuses

  • 1.  Tri-Faith Commons and Interfaith Campuses

    Posted 10-24-2019 12:26 PM
    The Interfaith Design Knowledge Community recently posted a case study on the new Tri-Faith Commons in Omaha, Nebraska. The campus includes a temple, a mosque, a church, and an educational/event space which serves as a "collaboration hub" for people of all faiths. This appears to be the first campus of its kind in the nation. Please share if you know of similar interdisciplinary initiatives and facilities! The case study is here if you'd like more information.

    Katherine Ball AIA
    Raleigh NC

  • 2.  RE: Tri-Faith Commons and Interfaith Campuses

    Posted 10-26-2019 11:44 AM
    Thank you, Katherine.

    If I am reading it correctly, the campus is held together, as it were, by the shared territory of the Abrahamic faiths. It might be interesting to compare this to an essay on multifaith spaces published four years ago by Andrew Crompton, "How to Say Nothing with Sincerity," AA Files 71 (2015): 27–29. It is occasionally irreverent in tone, but I take it that the challenges are real.


  • 3.  RE: Tri-Faith Commons and Interfaith Campuses

    Posted 10-29-2019 04:56 PM

    While the article that Kyle references is a very interesting read ("How to say nothing with sincerity"), I think the interfaith design at hand says something eloquently with sincerity.  Each Abrahamic faith has an independent architecture shaped by their own beliefs generously on display for all to see and experience, but referentially the three are unified in the landscape as each occupies a place on this globe.  We all have that in least for now!




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  • 4.  RE: Tri-Faith Commons and Interfaith Campuses

    Posted 11-08-2019 01:02 PM
    Thank you, John, and apologies for my delayed response. I did not mean to suggest that Tri-Faith Commons was anything less than sincere (or beautifully resolved), and apologize if I did not make that clear.

    Last night I heard David Adjaye present his winning design for the Abrahamic Family House on the (complicated) site of Saadiyat Island-in a talk framed, curiously, in the context of "urban ethics." As a collection of three cubes-mosque, synagogue and church-"commissioned by The Higher Committee for Human Fraternity," his project, too, juxtaposes the Abrahamic faiths.

    That said, I was wondering whether members of this forum might be well-placed to offer examples of projects that are even more fully (and successfully) "multi-faith," and that might contradict Crompton's thesis.