The latest issue of Sacred Architecture, The Journal of the Institute for Sacred Architecture, Duncan Stroik, editor arrived on my desk today. There are some beautiful photos of newly constructed traditional church architecture and a scathing review of the new shrine church built to contain the remains of St. Padre Pio. An article entitled "Architectural Violence in Umbria" laments the landing of a huge, nearly solid cube of concrete in the beautiful Umbrian countryside.
The webpage (www.sacredarchitecture.org) of the journal is worth a visit.
Padre Pio's Shrine and Cross
Award-Winning Umbrian Church by Fuksas Studios (photos courtesy of Architectural Review)