RESTORING LIFE / REBUILDING COMMUNITY / RECONSTRUCTING CITY: ARCHITECTURAL RESPONSES TO URBAN AND SOCIAL READAPTATION IN TRAUMATISED CONTEXTS IDEAS AND PROPOSALS FOR ELAZIĞ
The project is designed as a center for culture and revitalization of the community of Elazig, mend to the wounds of the people and to enable the city to make a jump in starting the path of being a premier city. Specific communities of interest such as people with PTSD and sensitive people are taken into account, privacy concerns were one of the leading design choices for the center without disregarding the function of the system as a cultural center to foster and elevate Elazig and its people. It is located near to the Kultur Park area and is connected with the main arteries of the city. The design consists of 13 building blocks connected with a main connecting element in the middle of the site binding them together with a mesh diagrid structure creating an inner urban street axis. Functional arrangements were made so that every different function in the program would be accessed with ease, every 3 consecutive block has at least 2 different functions. Visibility, privacy, wayfinding, a gradient between public and private spaces, a step back into normality were utilized as keywords for the design decisions.