The Cooper Union
School of Architecture
 
 
 
 
 

CHURCH OF THE YEAR 2000

The pilgrim recognized that what she or he wished for was not had in either everyday life or the local church; there was something more needed. Pilgrimage functioned to conciliate the 'facts of distance' with the 'joys of proximity' as a therapy through space. The architectural effect of these inverted desires was found in pilgrimage churches. These churches sharpened the sense of desire and fulfillment by playing out the pilgrimage in miniature, within the body of the church itself.

PETER EISENMAN
Professor Emeritus