The research draws attention and awareness to the victimisation of marginalised communities from hate crimes. This is explored through an understanding of our urban environment and public spaces of our cities by conceptualising a methodological approach of anti-memorialisation. Data collection, geographical and topographic survey of victims across Melbourne had established a program that is mirrored from an existing typology which is then translated to a central gathering site. An intervention that builds on the understanding and acknowledgement of site by placing the program at the exact locations of trauma; leaving traces of memory and tragic reminders on the reality of the issue.


Research question
How can spatial practice contribute to the wellbeing, awareness and provocation of hate crime?

Haven is a project that demonstrates a topography addressing the victims of hate crime by proposing a new type of memorialisation; a space that builds an active and engaging shared communal space. It questions the possibility of incorporating memorials with interactive, dynamic and engaging public amenities. The objective of this project is to acknowledge the trauma of the victims by reinforcing a new form of awareness, collectivity, and solidarity.

Methodological Mapping

The map illustrates real hate crime incidents that has occurred in Melbourne, Australia. The data shows that most of the motivations not only occurred within the city, but also particularly areas that were deemed to be socially disorganised and problematic neighbourhoods. Although with recent incidents and events, it had proved that this isn't necessarily always true. This is to emphasise that this type of aggression towards hate crime victims can happen anywhere.


The plan shows a series of interfaces and frameworks showing different stages of the design coexisting - demonstrating the program in different phases that manifests collectivity and forms of regrowth.


Haven - Media Component
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