Investigating the therapeutic potential of Architecture for human trafficking victims.
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The intent of this dissertation is to explore how the architecture of rehabilitation centres can contribute to the healing process or provide spaces and events where healing of human trafficking victims can take place. We as humans have an inner connection with our environment by physical, mental, emotional and spiritual means. This connection can create a dynamic life in which people can thrive in every aspect. Through work, aging or learning, people are able to participate and contribute to this connection with our environment. The arts and art therapy have, over the years, been used to heal different aliments such as cancer, mental illness, HIV/AIDS and addiction. The question I pose is, can architecture do the same? Besides, can architecture play a superior role in the healing process of traumatised victims? In our built environment we often interact with the buildings themselves without realising the great influence that such built environments and surroundings hold. This dissertation represents an attempt to summarise my findings on the role of architecture in the healing process of human trafficking victims. This research commences with defining, what heal means.