Research student, Welsh School of Architecture
Irini Barbero holds a Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering from the School of Architectural Engineering of Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH), in Greece. For her degree she completed a research thesis/project entitled: “Poetic Space”, in which she explored the concept of ‘poetry’ in architecture. In October 2017, and after completing her Master’s degree, she started her PhD studies at the Welsh School of Architecture of Cardiff University. During 2018-2019, she worked as a teaching demonstrator/tutor for Year 1 module “Building Through Time” and Year 2 module “Architecture in Context”, at the Welsh School of Architecture, of Cardiff University.
Carlo Scarpa and the Brion Cemetery: Poetic experience and wellbeing
This research is exploring the possibility of poetry in architecture as an enriching vehicle which aims at enhancing the emotional and existential experience of the person within the built environment, in a qualitative but also restorative/beneficial manner. It has as its purpose to offer an interpretation of how architecture can act in such a manner and argues that value can be found in the experiential qualities/characteristics of poetry, towards spaces which promote our mental health and wellbeing, in our contemporary societies of the 21st century. By developing a literature review of overlaps and gaps between three main research areas - architecture, poetics, and mental health- it has identified common and recurring themes, within a mainly phenomenological theoretical framework. These key themes, as well as concepts of wellbeing and poetry, are being explored through the example of the Brion-Vega cemetery of architect Carlo Scarpa, at San Vito d’ Altivole, in Italy.