Any given Sunday
Master of Architecture
The megachurch is the ultimate convert in a family typology which finds its ancestors within the very origin of architecture. It thrives as a collector of "seekers", creating enticing venues that capitalize on disconnected suburban environments to form a micro-city of services (gym, daycare, support groups, etc.) offered by the church. Currently, megachurches conservatively follow the organizational model of malls while restricting ownership to a single anchor church offering all services/products. This thesis forces a break which favors full inclusion of multiple tenant churches while maintaining a coop of services. As an evolution of a prevalent form in suburban Houston, this megachurch is recast as vertical urban infrastructure that re-contextualizes the mall section as a programmatic procession/filter of programs offered to the community. Exploiting the opposing time and scale of this daily/service based urbanism with the weekly event, it redefines the relationship of worship spectacle to anti-spectacle to community services.