“If architecture can be said to have a poetic meaning we must recognize that what it says is not independent of what it is. Architecture is not an experience that words translate later. Like the poem itself, it is its figure as presence, which constitutes the means and end of the experience." Alberto Pérez-Gómez
The Forum on Architecture, Spirituality, and Culture hosted its 2014 international symposium in Toronto to explore the nature of spiritual expression as articulated in form and space within a multicultural framework. Our Sixth Annual meeting took place June 5-8, 2014 at the Trinity Colege in the University of Toronto, located in the heart of Toronto’s midtown core. Well serviced by public transportation, the college is twenty minutes from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) and forty-five minutes from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ).
Toronto, Canada is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the western hemisphere. An open immigration policy, combined with all of the benefits afforded by a large bustling metropolis has attracted people from all over the world to seek a better life for themselves and their families. Although a certain degree of assimilation has been inevitable, for the most part, immigrants have brought with them their religious and cultural traditions and continue to celebrate their unique identity in relative peace and harmony within the multicultural and multi-religious context that is Toronto. The experience of other regions in the world has ranged widely in varying degrees of accommodation and tolerance
The symposium took place from Noon Thursday, June 5th to Noon Sunday, June 8th. All the accommodations were at Trinity College. Within its central Toronto location, the venue offered a private, contemplative and beautiful setting conducive to sharing, considering, and speculating about ACS issues. As in the past, we kept the number of presenters to less than 30 in order to maintain an intimate and dialogical atmosphere.
The keynote address was given by noted architectural historian and theorist, Alberto Pérez-Gómez.
The Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality is an international scholarly environment established in 2007 to advance the development and disemmination of architectural and interdisciplinary scholarship, research, practice, and education on the significance, experience and meaning of the built environment.