religion & belief systems Objective of religion Ultimately, religion is a program that prevents chaos and anarchy by proposing a set of rules or laws as well as a reward system. If these rules are broken then you have committed a sin. I am very interested by the concept of sinning and self-discipline within a belief system. ‘How far would you go to prevent yourself from sinning?’
religion & belief systems Sinner Through forums I asked a series of question to religious people, one of the questions being ‘If religious, how far would you go to prevent yourself from sinning?’ The answers were very interesting, some suggesting that they would go very far but all through self-discipline. Could there be tools to prevent sinning, my research led me to a statement ‘Instruments to prevent sinful acts’ I looked at various religions and came up with some quick ideas.
religion & belief systems Sin preventers - Fasting It is obligatory for Muslims to fast through the month of Ramadan. I investigated something that could prevent people from eating that has a lock, timed to open only once the fast is meant to be broken. The idea is a fasting muzzle to go around the mouth which is light and won’t restrict breathing.
religion & belief systems Sin preventer – Chastity belt An extreme classic sin preventer is the chastity belt, although now I want to update this concept for acceptance in modern society. This would take shape as a range of tee-shirts with slogans such as ‘I have Gonorrhea’ or ‘I have Syphilis’. I have a I have I have
religion & belief systems Sin preventer – Liar How many times have you had the urge to lie? The conventional polygraph machine reinterpreted to be ‘implanted’ into the body. Small sensor implanted on to finger tips with an alarm and microphone implanted in the arm. When the person lies a series of alarms will sound and the information sent wirelessly to a computer. This will give a detailed account of lies and an opportunity for the liar to repent their sins away.
religion & belief systems Architecture The Christians have the Church, the Muslims the Mosque and the Buddhists have their Temple. All religious organisations have their own establishments, somewhere their followers can congregate too, so why not atheists? ‘Where do you go if you want to find out about Atheism, Humanism or Rationalism?’
religion & belief systems Religious spaces There are numerous considerations when designing an environment for religious groups, such as the traditional roots or cultural environments. The main elements taken in to account –
communicate cultural history and cultural message
based on or echoing traditional building forms
religion & belief systems Superstar - Mobile Chinatown Beijing-based architects MAD designed a conceptual, star-shaped, mobile Chinatown. The architects describe the project as “response to the redundant and increasingly out-of-date nature of the contemporary Chinatown”. This is an example of an extreme conceptual design, which has led me to create a conceptual space/environment for atheists and the non-religious.
religion & belief systems Atheist Architecture? This will give atheists and the non-religious a place to congregate to, the key functions/attributes being-