The first three Architecture, Culture and Spirituality (ACS) Symposia were devoted to establish a community of scholars, educators and professionals engaged in the study and practice of architecture, culture and spirituality. Given the group's youth, it was important to offer members venues where a variety of work could be peer-reviewed, shared, and discussed. The nearly 80 works published online and in two issues of the magazine 2A attest to the success of this vision as well as the remarkable productivity of our ACS members.
Standing on this solid record, ACS 4 went to the very foundation from which ACS springs: the actual experience of an environment infused with such spiritual, cultural, and architectural power to catapult us into a numinous, ineffable, sublime state. In order to do so, ACS 4 asked participants to voluntarily take off their cultural, religious, language, ecological, ethnic, temporal, and architectural frameworks of operation in order to engage anew in the ancient act of pilgrimage. The destination is CHICHEN ITZA (in the Yucatan peninsula, MEXICO), the urban/architectural treasure of the Mayan civilization. The meeting will take place Sunday 1 to Thursday 5 April 2012.
Because of its pilgrimage nature, ACS 4 deployed a very different type of scholarly and professional structure and procedure. Based on the sound principles of rhethoric, reflection-in-action, and action research, ACS 4 requested participants to propose and then direct or deliver on-site discussion-papers and workshops/exercises on topics germane to the spirit of this enterprise and their own expertise. ACS 4 organized these proposals within three Salons affording both collective and individual experiences. Given the nature of the ACS 4 experience, we limited symposium registration to about 20 individuals.
The Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality is an international scholarly environment established in 2007 to support architectural and interdisciplinary scholarship, research, practice, and education on the significance, experience and meaning of the built environment.