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Religious faith meets architectural reality

Mar 8, 2017 - The San Francisco Chronicle

If religion is defined in part by the tension between soaring faith and reality's grind - a tension that this year is stark - then the new home of Sufism Reoriented outside Walnut Creek offers a parable for our age.

The bulbous sanctuary with 13 concrete domes has moments of elegant grace, yet it also feels massive and static. The soft floral landscape seems cramped behind a gravel parking lot and a solid white fence.

But despite all this, the curvaceous compound radiates an otherwor

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