Embodied Light: The Bahá’í Temple of South America - Exhibition

October 19, 2015 — Events, Press, Siamak Hariri, Doron Meinhard

29 October – 13 November 2015 Opening Event: Thursday, October 29, 2015 @ 6:30PM * This exhibition will open with an accompanying lecture by Siamak Hariri starting at 6:30pm, followed by a reception from 7:30-8:30pm Born out of an international competition, the Bahá’í Temple of South America in Santiago, Chile, uses light for its spiritual and design inspiration. The architectural challenge was to design a sister temple to the existing temple of North America, while also enabling it to find its own unique presence at the foot of the Andes. The aim was to achieve an interplay of seeming contradictions: stillness and movement, simplicity and complexity, intimacy and monumentality, solidity and yet a building capable of dissolving in light. Employing an investigation into physical and digital technology, the new Temple combines advanced engineering solutions, cuttingedge material innovation, and computerized fabrication methods to create a space that expresses light and embodies that intangible quality that helps lift the human spirit. This exhibition and accompanying lecture, will demonstrate the development from conceptual design through material explorations and digital fabrication techniques, as well as highlight the Temple’s six year construction process. Paul H. Cocker Gallery Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University 325 Church Street Toronto, Ontario