This is Your Brain on Architecture: An Exploration in Designing a Neurologically Healthy Mental Wellness Center
Dao, Alexandra Elaine
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Many buildings today fail to acknowledge the growing concern for health-centric design. By neglecting our neurological needs and desires, some spaces can come to have a detrimental effect on the well-being of their inhabitants. This thesis asserts that, by designing environments that focus on neuro-sensory concerns, buildings can more effectively support the overall health and well-being of their inhabitants. The particular neuro-sensory design factors investigated in this thesis are environmental lighting, color and pattern, exterior views, soundscapes, and provision of green spaces. This thesis is tested through the design of a mental health clinic and wellness center, exploring how architecture can improve health and well-being for those recovering from mood or emotional disorders and/or looking to improve their mental wellness.
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