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How can cultivation through design become the next step forward in medicine and the arts by creating a homogeneous mixture between dance and physical therapy? The typology for this exploration is therapy through a performing arts center. The Theoretical Premise / Unifying Idea that leads the research is, “the Art of Dance offers an alternative option to physical therapy other than pharmaceuticals with the guidance of physical therapy.” The Project Justification is, “Physical therapy may borrow from insights developed by dancers to help those who are disabled to move again in their world.” In the narrative we explore the importance of medicine and the possible future of performing arts with relation to physical therapy. The user/client relationship will consist of one owner with an overview committee overlooking the program. The major project elements consist of very basic elements including: auditoriums, examination and class rooms, and public visitor spaces. The site is located right in the heart of downtown Rochester, Minnesota along the banks of the Zambro River. The thesis will focus and emphasize the idea that physical therapy and dance can come together and help to promote health in those which may not be healthy through the expression of architecture. I plan to proceed with this plan and collect data through the concurrent transformative research method. Once and during the collection of this information it will be stored digitally for future scholars.
Design Thesis (M.Arch.)--North Dakota State University, 2010.