Powering ME

Master of Architecture
Semester 2, 2018

Studio leader(s)

  • Anthony Clarke

Currently very little is understood about the causes of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/Chronic fatigue Syndrome (CFS). The physical manifestations of this illness however are incredibly visual and severe. People living with ME/CFS need to be in complete control of their energy expenditure. Their bodies no longer hold the ability to conserve and regain energy completely changing the way people with ME/CFS navigate and utilize both the macro and micro scaled built environment.

This is a real project. A 32 year old woman has been living in an old persons home (dementia ward) on the Gold Coast for the past 5 years. This womans mother is looking to design accommodation for her daughter, a carer, and several other individuals with similar conditions. This studio will explore designing for people with issues relating to sensory and spacial perceptions from the larger urban scale, through traffic networks and public spaces, through to a multi-unit residential facility.  is studio will take an experimental approach, and look to challenge the current social and political standpoint of ME/CFS.

As part of this studio a series of talks will be put together from sufferers and advocates of ME/CFS, along with environmental researchers, anthropologists and psycologists.

Wednesdays 10:30am - 4:30pm