This session will explore the effects of long-term and systemic trauma on individuals, restorative solutions found in the built-environment, and proven strategies towards long-term success for communities, and organizations. The discussion will take a multidisciplinary approach to discuss the critical aspects of designing for the whole person, with a focus on those experiencing mental health trauma brought on by homelessness, abuse, or addiction. Through project-based case studies and research, we will discuss comprehensive models for integrating the domains of health, purpose, and community through design and services that promote healing and well-being. Until recently, supportive housing projects have been singularly concerned with providing the “home” component of recovery. Using an approach we call “radical hospitality,” the session intends to present comprehensive models for how to integrate the domains of health, purpose, and community with a stable and safe place to live by providing an array of supportive and non-traditional services to its residents while also interacting and working with the larger surrounding community to earn their investment and support. As architects, it is our responsibility to bring innovative thinking to vulnerable communities who are typically "processed" rather than valued, and bring dignified environments demonstrating the beauty of each individual.
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204