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Structure & Form

 

Architecture as a building block for recovery centers

My personal experience with addiction and recovery spurred my interest in addressing the social issue of alcoholism through this project. I designed a daytime community center to support people who cannot attend traditional residential treatment in their recovery from alcoholism. I used Rhino 3D and Cinema 4D to create realistic renders of the building, and researched recovery programs to understand what already exists and what remains to be created. In my building’s internal environment, I created infrastructure (organic architectural shapes of the building’s interior and exterior) to remind people in recovery that addiction is biologically constructed and socially compounded. Its aesthetic illustrates the beautiful, challenging decision it is to seek treatment, and the features inside include places to relax, shower, and learn in community with one another. The building is maintained through the seventh Alcoholics Anonymous tradition - that alcoholics commit themselves towards self-sufficiency, mutual aid, and service. Other recovered alcoholics can return to share their wisdom from their experiences so people can continuously engage with the lifelong journey of recovery. I have two audiences for my work: one, the people experiencing addiction who will be served through the building, and two, the people reading my thesis who are unaware of the frequent inaccessibility of rehabilitation centers. Below I feature some of my exercises that went into the construction of the space.