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Healing By The Sea: An Empirical Study Into Biophilic Design

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Title: Healing By The Sea: An Empirical Study Into Biophilic Design
Author: Zeien, Ashlynn
Abstract: This thesis will explore the question, to what extent can biomimicry benefit occupants of a tropical biophilic design? The typology under investigation is a tropical resort with design focus placed on biomimicry, positively benefiting mental wellness of guests. The project is titled "Healing By The Sea: An Empirical Study Into Biophilic Design." The site is 11-acres of coastal property, with roughly 100,000 square feet of built resort. It is located in Salem, Runaway Bay, St. Ann, Jamaica. The Theoretical Premise is that vacations, as well as interaction with nature and water, are believed to increase the health of humans. The Project Justification for a tropical resort is the vast amount of knowledge nature has to offer architecture to promote healthier lifestyles; the environment in which the resort is built has an effect on perceptions of the guests. Biophilic design will promote a healing atmosphere for people visiting the resort, benefiting from the natural properties of the coastal area. Two positive elements that are incorporated into this project are the employment of residents, as well as the tourism boost of the economy and local businesses.
Date: 2012-05
Subject: Resorts.
Resort architecture.
Architecture, Tropical.
Architecture -- Environmental aspects.
Nature -- Psychological aspects.
Salem (Jamaica)
Jamaica.
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/19671

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