Kem Hinton Gives Speech at 2012 AIA National Convention in Washington, D.C.

Kem Hinton of Tuck-Hinton Architects is attending the 2012 AIA National Convention in Washington, D.C.  He is honored to be a speaker at this year’s convention.  We’re proud of you Kem!

Sanctus Locus:  The Temple Mount in Jerusalem- The Most Sacred Place on Earth

Kem’s presentation explores the biblical and archeological history and importance of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem—arguably the single most important religious place on our planet. Revered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims, this holy site has been the location of numerous structures, including Solomon’s temple; the rebuilt second temple (Zerubbabel’s temple); Herod’s vastly enlarged temple; Roman temples to Jupiter and Venus; and the existing 54-acre Harm es Sharif , its towering Dome of the Rock shrine, and the nearby Mosque of Al-Aqsa. Solomon’s glorious temple was the original permanent home for the sacred Ark of the Covenant (containing the Ten Commandments), but when the building was destroyed in 587 B.C., the Ark vanished, and the presentation will explore the origin and fate of this powerful object. The presentation will also address the numerous fascinating myths and legends surrounding the incredible Temple Mount site. Kem Hinton, FAIA, originally presented this as an architect’s review of Solomon’s fabled temple, yet he soon discovered a fascinating 3,000-year story about the lost Ark, numerous temples at the sacred site, and the present condition of this religious powder keg—made all the more tenuous by the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and the seemingly never-ending conflict in the Middle East.

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