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Shoot. I've never been there yet. Been across the street, but never in or on it. I think the gardens on the top sounds really nifty; just what I'd put into or onto a building, if I was designing it.

I actually recently saw THIS (it's the 4th or 5th in the slideshow, I think), and replied on a friend's blog where she said gee, isn't that really impersonal? And I explained a bit about it (she's non-mormon).

"which always seem designed more to impress peasants than to serve any divine purpose."

Yes, the medieval cathedral had a didactic purpose. But this is quite unfair. Read, for example, Abbot Suger on the theology of light.

The construction of a cathedral was an act of sincere faith by an entire urban community (rural peasants rarely set foot in a church at the time) and took decades, the original master builder often not living to see the building's completion.

The same impulse to create something beautiful and glorify God was behind the comstruction of the Kirtland and SLC temples, as well as, to a lesser degree, the tabernacle.

I wouldn't be surprised if those three buildings are remembered and celebrated eight hundred years hence. I'm not so sanguine about the long term propects of the Conference Center.

Contrary to some I actually think it is quite attractive - especially the roof.

It certainly is a large and spacious building :)

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