Biophilic Architecture & Mental Health
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This thesis proposes the effects of biophilic interaction on people experiencing and struggling with mental health issues. In order to properly treat patients with mental health issues, the psychology behind the architecture designed to promote wellness must be properly and thoroughly understood. It is well known that the application of Biophilic Design reduces stress, stimulates creativity and clear thinking, improves physical and psychological well-being and accelerates healing. Considering the relentless process of global urbanization, these benefits will become increasingly important in the design of our urban spaces, architecture and interiors. In addition to what the architecture includes in terms of promoting an overall relationship with the natural environment, less noticeable elements, such as patterns within the architecture must be addressed to create a cohesive and effective design. The primary focus is designing a building that maximizes the amount and quality of positive interactions with nature. These biophilic relationships, combined with traditional and alternative therapies, will improve the health and healing of patients residing at the treatment facility.