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Staff working on the theme of ‘Therapeutic Environments’ evaluate the effects of the built environment on people and the contributions of architecture and interior design to well-being. The research ranges from the context of institutional care, to the investigation of innovative typologies that address community needs such as cancer support, disability, early year education, homelessness, and cohousing communities.The multidisciplinary methodology considers the consequences of the affordance of place (social policies), variable experiential qualities of space (phenomenology), and people’s interactions (behavioural psychology).
The aim of the research is to investigate the design process and the programme of the Maggie’s Centres, and to assess the role of architecture in enabling the therapeutic environment.
The research addresses the shortage of affordable housing and work spaces, which is linked to increased homelessness and social distress in the UK.
Architecture for children must consider how to support and respond effectively to rapid changes in moods and energy levels that occur as daily activities progress.