Master of Architecture (MArch)
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This study investigates the use of light, in the form of daylight, as a symbolic element, in selected European and American religious buildings. It first examines the symbolic meaning of light in various religions, the psychological and physiological influences of light on humans, and the historical tradition of light in religious buildings, with its correlation to the religious practices conducted in those buildings. Various strategies for employing daylight are then surveyed. This paper then presents case studies of notable religious buildings which put into practice the techniques previously identified, evaluating the resulting symbolic expression of daylight in view of the religious tradition and intent. Finally, the conclusions gained from the case studies and the prior research are reviewed and integrated into design conclusions and recommendations. An applied design project incorporating the principles established in the study is included as an appendix.
American; Buildings; European; Light; Natural; Religious; Selected; Symbol
Architecture; Religion; Art; History
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Venable, Mary Theresa, "Natural light as religious symbol in selected European and American religious buildings" (1997). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3307.