Churches and Chapels - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750612227, 9781483163086

Churches and Chapels

1st Edition

A Design and Development Guide

Authors: Martin Purdy
Editors: Fred Lawson
eBook ISBN: 9781483163086
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 22nd July 1991
Page Count: 112
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Churches and Chapels: A Design and Development Guide is a reference for structure approach to design, development, or alteration of a building. The book deals with designing or altering traditional Western congregational halls and places of worship through a harmonious rending of religious worship and social action.
Part I of the book focuses on background, presenting general ideas and influences that made today's churches. Questions such as adapt or replace and concerns about design are addressed. This part also examines the role of today's clients and the possible types of churches and chapels that will prove desirable and satisfactory. Part II discusses the design process covering the need for a feasibility study and agreed design development. The feasibility study addresses retention of parts of the structure, size of the structure, costs, and consideration of other building designs. Design analysis involves evaluation of the architectural considerations that include Western congregational halls, design ideas, check-ups, and sketching. The details of the scheme design contain precise information that will serve as basis for the client to modify or accept and for the authorities to approve. Throughout this book, case studies that are relevant for each topic are also given.
This guide is useful for administration of local, parochial, and district congregations. This book can likewise be appreciated by architects and structural engineers.

Table of Contents


Part One: The Background

1: A Strategy for Design Development

1.1 Issues and Intentions

1.2 Adapt Or Replace?

1.3 The Importance of Feasibility and Briefing

1.4 What Is Design?

1.5 Design and Construction Methods

1.6 The Main Participants and Their Responsibilities

1.7 Programme of Work

1.8 Approvals

2: Buildings for the Christian Church

2.1 The Changing Shape of Churches and Chapels

2.2 Today's Clients

2.3 Today's Buildings

2.4 Scope and Emphasis of This Guide

Part Two: The Process

3: Feasibility Study

3.1 Inception

3.2 Initial Research

3.3 Consideration

3.4 Conclusions

3.5 Case Study: Feasibility

4: Brief Making

4.1 Partnerships

4.2 Measurable Criteria

4.3 Administrative and Aspirational Criteria

4.4 The Brief

4.5 Case Study: Brief Making

5: Design Analysis

5.1 Parameters for Design

5.2 Preliminary Planning

5.3 Design Ideas

5.4 Initial Checks

5.5 Sketch Design

5.6 Case Study: Design Analysis

6: Scheme Design

6.1 Résumé

6.2 Space Standards

6.3 Technical Standards and Performance Specifications

6.4 Further Analysis: Known Criteria Versus The Less Definable

6.5 Design Synthesis

6.6 Case Study: Scheme Design


Appendix 1 References and Sources

Appendix 2 Decisions Concerning Conservation Or Redevelopment

Appendix 3 Other Churches and Institutions

A3.1 The Orthodox Church

A3.2 The Religious Society of Friends

A3.3 The Salvation Army

A3.4 Chapels Within Institutions Or Religious Houses

A3.5 Crematoria

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About the Author

Martin Purdy

About the Editor

Fred Lawson

Dr Fred Lawson has had successful careers in local government, universities, international consultancy and - since 1970 - as an author. His consultancy experience spans over thirty-five countries and ranges from national plans to important building projects including work for the World Bank, World Tourism Organization, UNDP and EU.

Affiliations and Expertise

International Consultant and Visiting Professor, Univ of Bournemouth, Dorset, UK

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