Restorative Experience In Narrative Experience

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CHAPTER THREE: THEORETICAL ARGUMENT REDEFINING RESTORATIVE EXPERIENCES FOR REPORT AND RECOVERY ENVIRONMENTS 3.1 INTRODUCTION: TOWARDS A HOLISTIC RESTORATIVE EXPERIENCE. Based on the review of the literature in the previous chapter, it is clear that there is a need to design report and recovery environments that both effectively respond to trauma, and allow for the initialisation of restorative processes. It is the contention of this dissertation that a truly restorative experience for trauma victims cannot only include the concepts of temporary cognitive and affective restoration set forth by SRT and ART, but also needs to accommodate for healing elements that generate a truly 'lived'…show more content…
Defined by (Relph, 1976), 'perceptual space' is the realm of direct emotional encounters with natural or built spaces. It is the personal experiences of perceptual space that form the basis of the meanings which built environments and landscapes have for people (Relph, 1976). Relph suggests that a particular group of people may share common perceptual spaces with common meanings and experiences. For the purpose of this research, it will be assumed that victims of trauma, in particular rape and sexual assault, share such a 'perceptual…show more content…
Furthermore, they argue that all these senses must be aroused in order to achieve a true experience of space, and create a sense of place (Zumthor, 2006). Merleau-Ponty (1962) supports this by emphasizing that spaces are not merely perceived, but lived, thereby forming emotional bonds and allowing for the previously mentioned 'osmotic relationship'. Furthermore, by connecting the body and mind to a space, architecture can evoke and establish association through the use of memory and imagination (Pallasmaa, 2005) creating both mental and physical 'lived'

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