IMPACT OF THE SOCIAL TRAUMA OF THE CITY AND ITS ARCHITECTURE

Iva PETRUNOVA

Abstract


Trauma is deeply disturbing and stressful experience which often leaves further consequences. Social trauma is also a tense frustrating experience, that refers to a larger group of people in a specific place, city or country and leaves deep scars in the community. It can even become an element of identification of that community. The city and its architecture are the product of the way of life of its inhabitants/citizens, their habits, culture and traditions are clearly legible in the urban morphology. Every major social event is an important piece of the big picture of the city. Social trauma can identify the city, completely demolish it, and determine its future development. Accidents that are
of large scale leave a strong mark on the genius loci (the spirit of the place). However, the architecture is not just a passive reflection of social events or the culture and tradition of the people, but an active tool in the creation of certain required values in the society. After certain period of time, after recovering from trauma, it can be started over literally with
building/rebuilding of the city (from its grounds) and the social relations in it, or a renewal of a flattened, but this time in a slightly different dimension. Through proper use of architecture, certain social trauma can be transformed into places that evoke the past and bring hope, will and optimism for the future.


Keywords: social trauma, architecture, city


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