Martor No. 22 / Year 2017

Retrofuturism. A Revisited Concept for Religious Architecture

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Author: Augustin Ioan

About the author:

Augustin Ioan
Professor, PhD., “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Romania
E-mail: augustinioan at yahoo dot com

Pages: 57-63.

Keywords: retrofuturism, tradition, sacred space, cathedral.


The text deals with the much debated question of renewal in contemporary Orthodox Christian architecture, a question that accompanied a wave of more than twenty years of building new churches in existing cities and villages in Romania after the fall of communism in 1989. Should they follow the post Vatican II trend of aggiornamento in Catholic architecture and update the traditional and regional building models? The answer the text offers tentatively is retrofuturism, a radical way of renewing the language of sacred spaces within the core prescriptions of tradition. In the process, the author gives two examples of how this might work.

How to cite this article: Ioan, Augustin. 2017. “Retrofuturism. A Revised Concept for Religious Architecture.” Martor 22: 57-63.