Posted by Nikunj Patel on February 18th, 2016
Anxiety and mistrust are holding quite a bit of western culture, and building design is no special case. Architects and contractors have become good at preventing bodily harm, and most of the buildings we inhabit work so hard to keep us safe that they almost smother us with their cocooning layers. But all this comes at a cost.
We shut ourselves off in our little boxes to live, work, play and learn, encouraged with help of ventilating and cooling and pictures on our screens. We live in groups where we attempt to live with the same number of individuals; simply like us.
The situation is worrying where now the need for places free from “triggers” and “micro-aggressions” is increasing. These are words or cues that can remind people of traumas that they have confronted, or prejudices about who they are.
Architects receive requests from clients for safe houses, safe groups, and safe spaces, requests for protection and disengagement. We are at a stage of immense paranoia that the place we built for ourselves should be strong enough to protect us from any social, personal, natural damage.
Safe space and its fabrication in society:
There are solid strategies that construction modeling can use to make us feel rationally and socially safe.
“Space that makes us feel not just physically, but also mentally and socially safe is as important as many of life’s other necessities”
When we are in broad daylight, we should be a piece of an open, liquid, and heterogeneous group through which and in which we characterize ourselves. Schools and government structures particularly should not be protected spots; instead they should be the places of information and open discussions in all its crude and real form. Architects, at this point have settled codes that ensure that pretty much every building in the western world keeps people physically safe. But now the search is on for something comparative to mental well being.
Approaches to accomplish safe space
We can make individuals feel safe in broad daylight spaces without utilizing impact boundaries or bollards. We can outline places, for example, schools or universities in a manner where they make a spot – a place, where you are a portion of an open and advancing group.
“The amount of hatred we confront every day begs for a safe space away from such verbal ugliness and hurtfulness”
Architects need to unite the structures and pictures in which people can see them and in which they feel safe, a basic arrangement that mirrors and maps the overall population in a visual and material way. We moreover require a basic building whose reality, like the craftsmanship and “hand feel” that gives us such an incredible measure of solace in a world.