Format and Themes

The Symposium included three open sessions, two focus sessions, two special evening events, and a synthesis session. Optional meditation was offered each morning and there was some free time  for connecting to oneself, other people and the surroundings.

Open Sessions
These three sessions provided a forum to present what is currently being studied, discussed, practiced, or taught in the area of architecture, culture and spirituality. The topic for Open Session 1 (moderated by Anat Geva) was "Reflections on ACS". Open Session 2 (moderated by Dennis Winters) discussed "Expressions of ACS" whereas Open Session 3 (moderated by Rumiko Handa) addressed ACS conditions "Between Quality and Quantity." For the list of presenters and their papers, click here.

Focus Sessions
In these two sessions, the chair and panel members presented position papers. The chair then led an open discussion among all session attendees. The idea was to provoke substantial and focused discussion and participation. For the list of presenters and their papers, click here.

Synthesis Session
The closing session was an opportunity to summarize and reflect on the conversations, findings, and questions revealed during the symposium. The moderator provided a 5-10 minute summary of his impressions/insights gained over the 2-day meeting; discussion by all followed. Moderator: Tom Barrie.

Special Events
There was an initial guided tour/lecture on Serenbe led by Steve and Marie Nygren (Serenbe's founders). Later that evening (Wednesday), we had a special event at the labyrinth followed by a presentation entitled "Serenbe and the Serenity of Place" given by Phillip Tabb. The next evening (Thursday) Nader Ardalan delivered a special lecture entitled "Elements of a Transcendent Architectural Quest" addressed to symposium attendees and the Serenbe communit at large. A reception followed until late at night.