What is the impact of these spaces? There are plenty of them in London, many of them in the public sector.
Have you been part of a planning team? Is there one where you work? Do you make use of these spaces?
LBFN has invited Andrew Crompton, part of a research team from the University of Manchester, to tell us about the findings so far. Andrew says,
” Most multi-faith spaces are windowless rooms with a suspended ceiling and cheap furniture (which looks like it’s come from IKEA) and home-made decorations – they’re kind of homely.
In fact they’re sort of vernacular expressions of spirituality.”
Andrew and his colleagues are investigating multi-faith spaces
- as symptoms of specific societal trends and political ambitions
- as works of architecture, shaped through the actions of architects, designers, engineers, artists, users, etc
- as agents that encourage, shape or facilitate particular activities
- as historical entities, that have developed and consolidated over time.
LBFN will pass on your comments to the team – or why not come along to our next meeting on the morning of Wednesday 14th September in Victoria (details from the Convener)?