I'm putting this question out broadly, but mostly in an architectural and programmatic sense. I'm an architecture student in his last year. This means I'm doing my thesis, a project of my choosing which I work on for a year. I've gotten input from another forum and local friends put the more points of view the better the final product will be. Have no fear in being creative or not. real input from the kinds of people a build must serve has been something missing this past century.Simply, what would you like to see in a building for the godless?
Enclosed is the proposal from the spring.IS%20Proposal.pdf
Nice building. A space for kids/day care would be useful.
A good bartender and big, comfy chairs. Anne's daycare idea is good, too. Do I get to pick the music? (Sorry, but I picked this up late on a Fri night. I'll try to give it some more serious thought before the weekend's out.)
We have a very good building already in St. Louis - the Ethical Society of St. Louis. The current building we have was built in 1964, with some additions later on, and it serves our needs very well.
You can check it out at our web site, http://www.ethicalstl.org
Don't suppose I could get a floor plan from you? Can never have enough case studies. The site does help tough. Thanks.
I wouldn't say that he's failed in his concept at all. Maybe not *all* atheists would like a church/meeting hall/community center, but I can tell you that I am one atheist who would enjoy something like this! I have children also, and a place to serve as a magnet for secular family activities would be extremely helpful. Studies (and anecdotal evidence) have shown that many people remain in their religious communities more for the "community" part than the "religious" part. Something to think about.
Personally, Daniel, I'd love to see a building with beautiful modern architecture, lots of light, a main room and several smaller areas for things like book clubs, community choir, chess club, what have you. As well as support areas etc. It's hard to throw out ideas off the top of my head, but something else I'd like to see is an outdoor portion that is integrated into the design of the building. Flowing gardens or something - it would be nice to showcase the beauty and diversity of the natural world that we're a part of!
For the sake of accuracy, it may be better to call it an atheist community center. I don't really mind atheist church, however.
Why does it really matter if someone calls atheism a religion?