A Women's' Place
The design proposal is used to reignite a sense of belonging for abused survivors. "A shelter needs to be so much more than a room behind a locked door."
When we use design to reignite a sense of belonging for abused survivors, we can encourage them to feel empowered to find strength in moments of weakness and choose a path forward to recovery. I now understand that a shelter needs to be so much more than a room behind a locked door. Especially in a world where the primary decision makers in the cities are mostly men. Women still experience the city through a set of barriers - physical, social, economic, and symbolic- that shape their daily lives in ways that deeply (although gendered).
The idea of a lifeboat establishes an conveying safety. It is one of the few places where a single mother can perceive herself as a person with potential to create a productive life for herself and her children with a supportive community.