A Truly Godless Place: Why We Designed a Temple for Atheists
In 2008, two events of international significance took place: the Vatican announced that Islam had overtaken Roman Catholicism as the worldâ€™s biggest single religious denomination; and scientists at CERN in Geneva switched on the Large Hadron Collider for the first time, reportedly in search of the â€˜God Particle.’ Despite the fact that the United Kingdom is becoming more secular, religion still continues to generate debate, particularly when it comes into contact with science.
During this time I was a student of architecture at the Royal College of Art in London, about to embark on my MA thesis project. These two events clearly stuck with me and I spent a year developing a project called Cultivating Faith, in which I investigated the potential for religious texts to be used as design guidance.
The project was intended as a critique of society’s tendency to shift and adapt its value systems in order to satisfy its increasing needs. It was also an investigation into whether a more â€˜practicalâ€™ use could be found for religion.