Moffett, K.M. (2017), "On Rudolf Schwarz’s The Church Incarnate: The Sacred Function of Christian Architecture", Forming and Centering, Emerald Publishing Limited, p. 275. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-78635-828-820161019Download as .RIS
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This book was published in 1923 by Schwarz, a German architect of churches— notably St. Michael, Frankfurt—and of postwar reconstruction efforts. 1 I was first introduced to it many years ago by one of my architecture school mentors. His interest was not so much in Schwarz’s extensive and elaborately poetic Christian theory as in his conceptions of space and spatial sequence, visualized in evocative diagrammatic line illustrations.
Having rediscovered this book after producing the foregoing effort, I was struck by the similarities of many of its “centering modes” to his own theoretical constructs of seven “plans:” spatial archetypes for collective worship. It seemed of interest, with apologies for otherwise omitting his arguments that would be impossible to concisely summarize, to present the somewhat self-descriptive titles of these plans and adapted versions of his pertinent diagrams employing this book’s vocabulary of centering ideograms. Hopefully they embody his essential graphic intentions. While grounded in issues of Roman Catholic theology, the diagrams—clearly requiring having the book in hand to discern more than a rudimentary measure of their meaning—would seem, though Schwarz might disagree, an illuminating and thought-provoking set of centering approaches for assembly partis generally.
The 1958 edition in English by Henry Regnery Company, Chicago, was reprinted by Nabu Public Domain Reprints.
- Part I Forming
- Chapter One Unitary Form
- Chapter Two Addition
- Chapter Three Replication
- Chapter Four Subtraction
- Chapter Five Deformation
- Chapter Six Dimensionalities
- Chapter Seven Formative Hybrids
- Part II Centering
- Chapter Eight Limiting Cases
- Chapter Nine Linking Cases
- Chapter Ten Centering Hybrids
- Chapter Eleven Conclusions
- Appendix 1 A Centering Mode Transformation Ring
- Appendix 2 On Rudolf Schwarz’s The Church Incarnate: The Sacred Function of Christian Architecture
- About the Author
- Selected Bibliography