Healing Through Architecture

Author(s)

Vasquez, Jason

Title

Healing Through Architecture

Date

2022

Publisher

New York Institute of Technology

Subject

Veterans-- Institutional Care-- United States
Life care planning-- veterans-- United States
Hospital architecture
Space (architecture)-- philosophy
Health facilities-- United States-- Planning

Language

English

Format

PDF

Type

Text

Major

Architecture

Abstract

My Thesis is focused on using architecture to create a space designated to the rehab and recovery of US Veterans with specific attention to PTSD. Throughout history Veterans have suffered with mental and physical challenges and creating a space opposite of any war like environment that evokes peace, safety and stress relief is my main goal. Statistically 22% of Veterans suffer from PTSD or depression but only 1 out of 3 actually seek help. Veterans with PTSD commonly suffer from multiple conditions. PTSD usually goes hand in hand with major depressive disorder, drug and alcohol addictions as well as physical pain in veterans. Positive distractions, an abundance of social support, and access to beautiful nature will be the key elements in making a successful inpatient rehab center. 

When choosing a site it was especially important to select a location that would be easily accessible to both active and inactive Veterans. Fort Hase beach in Kailua is located on the Marine Corps base on the Oahu Island in Hawaii which houses 9,517 Marines , sailors and their families. The main focus when selecting a site was to be able to implement the surrounding natural elements and use them throughout the experience.

Files

thesis final book.pdf

Citation

Vasquez, Jason , Healing Through Architecture. New York Tech Institutional Repository, accessed March 3, 2024, https://repository.nyitlibrary.org/items/show/3404

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