The Nature of Healing: A Proposal for a Therapeutic Garden in the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Alberta
Prodor, Sarah J.
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Nature positively affects the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing of all people. In the natural environment, fresh air, daylight, organic materials and plant life exist in harmony. When we come into contact with this harmony, it provides a calming effect and have a direct positive impact on people undergoing cancer treatment, as well as patients’ families and friends, and the doctors, nurses and caregivers whose job it is to care for them. This thesis explores specific architectural interventions to an existing hospital that would provide a complementary healing environment to increase health and reduce stress. Using the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton as a project site, this design shows how we might provide therapeutic spaces and gardens to promote holistic healing of the mind, body and spirit.