ON SANCTUARY- Panel Discussion 3.6.19 - ARCHITECTURAL POSSIBILITIES FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS

ON SANCTUARY | ARCHITECTURAL POSSIBILITIES FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS: With the 50th anniversary of the first formal Women’s Shelter (Domestic Violence Shelter) quickly approaching, this exhibition examines the architectural evolution and typologies for sheltering victims of domestic abuse and proposes new architectural potentials for designing purpose built shelters. Domestic Violence Shelters are both architecturally and physically anonymous. Drawing from dormitory, housing and prison architecture; they shelter, separate and fortify which brings to question: Do they protect or remove? To shelter, is to give temporary protection from danger. Architecturally ‘to protect from danger’ can often translate into methods of fortification causing suppression through lack of exposure and connectivity to the external environment. Thus, the architecture of shelters must bridge this challenging line between protecting without suppressing its occupants. Organized into three research and design explorations: [On] Context & Camouflage, [On] Site & Security and [On] Retreat & Restoration, the exhibition proposes from extreme constraints and parameters arise great opportunities for innovation.