Thesis Studio 15
The Body Keeps the Score

Studio leader: Anthony Clarke (BLOXAS)


Key Words: Analysis, Communication, Language, Mapping, Memory, Perception, Psychology, PTSD, Repetition, Routine, Time

“We have learned that trauma in not just an event that took place sometime in the past; it is also the imprint left by that experience on mind, brain, and body”.

Using the work of Bessel Van Der Kolk as a reference, this studio will seek to explore new methodologies, typologies and approaches for better understanding architecture’s role in the lived experiences of Trauma. Concepts including human geography, safety, control, independence and care will be critical components of this studio’s outcome and deliverables.

The objective of this studio is to challenge our existing architectural processes and current modes of reference. This studio will draw heavily from external disciples including Psychology, Neuroscience, Philosophy and Sociology to test new methods of communication and language. This studio will be broken up into three components. The first will be an ongoing and evolving question / statement each student will generate through a continued line of investigation around trauma. The second will be the design of a small scale installation project based around personal ‘memories’, and the third will be the design of a medium scale community center for those living with PTSD. Site’s will be located in suburban Melbourne.

Image: ‘Losing Myself’ Niall McLaughlin Architects. 2016

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