Empty Spaces: Architecture Healing the Emptiness within Victims of Abuse and Sexual Exploitation
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Just as death is underrepresented in modern society, women who have been exploited in abuse, domestic violence, stalking, rape, and sex trafficking have also become underrepresented. A voice needs to be given to these women who are forgotten and misunderstood. They need a place to heal and find their voice again. This will happen in a women’s shelter that focuses on the architectural healing of their psyche in the public setting of a shopping mall. The shelter will also give a voice to those who have not yet escaped their oppression through its mood and experiences in the spaces. Through in person interviews and phenomenological research, I will be able to understand the needs of these women and apply them to my design.