Urban Escapism is an exploration into pocket structures in the Wellington CBD that serve to create brief moments of respite. Enhancing existing urban restorative opportunities they seek to challenge the perception that ‘escapism’ cannot be achieved in our urban spaces. Existing in a small ‘pocket', the users perception of space and presence is amplified, enabling them to be immersed in the city, whilst creating an element of separation from it.
Irina Macovei is a spatial designer with interest in user experience, urban planning and architectural design. Passionate about how the spaces we occupy directly influence our psychological wellbeing she pursues projects that challenge or enhance our psychological ties to spatial environments.