Places of worship, design, and communities

In the Empowering Design Practices project we have been working with groups of different faiths and denominations who look after historic buildings and who want to develop and ensure the sustainability of those buildings through co-design and community engagement. Places of worship have historically been functioning as centres of community life. But what is the role of places of worship today and what is their potential to serve wider community needs? In partnership with the Baroness Warsi Foundation’s Modern Places of Worshipproject we designed a survey to explore people’s perceptions of places of worship, their future and their role in society. The survey is open to individuals from all different cultural and faith and non-faith backgrounds living in UK.

You can take the survey here:


Empowering Design Practices is a collaborative research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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