Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul. — John Muir
The Temple has become a point of reference in the navigation of our city, Black Rock. The key characteristic of our city is a temporal structure, which leads us to question: What kind of temple would our city, constructed under the theme Metropolis, need?
To lead our design thinking we look to the idea of Counter-Monument, a phrase coined by James Young to define a new way of thinking about memorial/monument: The counter-monument’s aim is not to console but to provoke; not to embody permanence but change; not to be everlasting but to disappear; not to be ignored but to demand interaction; not to accept the burden of memory but to throw it back and demand response. The counter-monument accomplishes what all monuments should; it reflects back to the people and thus codifies their own memorial projections and preoccupations.