An article on the website of Wired magazine, of all unlikely sources, reminded me of the most recent coffeetable-worthy church building catalog published at the beginning of last month. The book in question is entitled Closer to God edited by Robert Klanten and Lukas Feireiss. I do not yet have a copy, so I cannot provide a review; but let us hope that the book itself contains more insight into the motivation of religious architecture than the merit-based votive self-preservation suggested by the article on Wired.
UTSOA Lecture on St Martin Lutheran, Austin
Information about a lecture given at the University of Texas as part of ongoing efforts to advocate for the preservation of Saint Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church. This church is by far the best example of non-residential mid-century architecture and holds a special place among the finest modern American churches. The lecture addressed on the influence of the church and the people associated with it on the history of the architecture and building arts community of Austin in the middle of the twentieth century.