Healing Through Movement

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Creator: 

Stoymenoff, Lauren

Date: 

2018

Abstract: 

Acquired Brain injury (ABI) is often referred to as the Silent Epidemic - as it is currently a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. With an estimated 1.5 million Canadians currently living with the effects of ABI, this thesis asks how architecture can contribute to the recovery of ABI survivors. Movement is increasingly being recognized as a rehabilitation tool that is linked to measurable physical, emotional and cognitive benefits. With this in mind, this thesis offers design ideas for the new rehabilitation centre proposed for the Ottawa region that focus on the theme of movement. Strategies to improve patient mobility are presented that address how people navigate a building, what supports they need to assist with their journey, and how circulation systems can serve as rehabilitation tools. To this end, the proposed design includes: multi-sensory navigation cues, expanded handrail systems, rest points and healing gardens.

Subject: 

Architecture

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Architecture: 
M.Arch.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Architecture

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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