Recovering From Opiates
Confucius Institutes are traditionally defined as public educational organisations operating in affiliation with the People's Republic of China, with the aim of promoting Chinese language and facilitating cultural exchanges. Confucius Institutes continue to garner negative press surrounding their attachment to universities and are being forced to rethink their approach or close their doors for good.
This project aims to begin to repair Britain and China's scarred relationship, long defined by the opium wars. Bristol and China aim to work together by focusing on a community-based institute, working with those still affected by heroine and opiate addiction. Founded in Confucius' core belief that you are only as good as what you do for your community, this institute aims to create quality recovery and learning space for addicts to reintegrate within the community. The project draws on the Chinese vernacular of courtyards and the connection to nature often explored within healing architecture.