RESTORING LIFE / REBUILDING COMMUNITY / RECONSTRUCTING CITY: ARCHITECTURAL RESPONSES TO URBAN AND SOCIAL READAPTATION IN TRAUMATISED CONTEXTS IDEAS AND PROPOSALS FOR ELAZIĞ
Throughout the semester, main aim was to create a center where people who are traumatized by diverse conditions as in the case of victims of abuse, refugees, disaster-victims and so on, can find peace and the space to heal both psychologically and physically, in the context of Elazığ. The counselee is also provided with temporary housing If necessary. For a healthy helping alliance, all aspects should be carefully analyzed. It is a common situation for people suffering from PTSD also suffer from a substance abuse. If this is the case, first step would be rehabilitation since it is needed for the person to develop a certain level of control in order to establish a therapeutic relationship. After a detailed assessment of the symptoms, treatment is tailored according to individual needs. Then through different methods, the person confronts the source event(s) of trauma with the guidance of a professional consultant. In this part of the process, it is especially important for one to take their time and not force themselves out of their comfort zone. Counselee is also thaught methods of coping for possible reoccurring patterns after the therapy. And stays in the support system through volunteering and group meetings. In case of PTSD, a major benefit of group therapy is validation. Learning from others' experiences can be inspirational and encouraging. It is also quite important to keep the collective memory alive, and to raise public awareness on these issues, so that future traumas can be prevented. Another concern is to have the autonomy of the center and restoring the lives of the participants after they leave the center, in the meantime also revitalizing the economy of the city. Reintegration of people is done through ateliers where different types of education takes place. Through their endeavours people might find a source of income, reestablished self-esteem and an opportunity to express themselves. Trainings on things like handicrafts and production of local agriproducts with means of new technologies such as hydroponic system are provided. While certain aspects are localized for the context such as means of production or building materials, it is aimed for the center to be a universal prototype.
Text used in subtitles belongs to The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows - Klexos: The Art of Dwelling on the Past.