Environ(mental) Architecture: How Architecture Shapes Our Mental Health Through the Use of Public Space
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This thesis examines the potential of architecture to improve mental health through the design of public space. To determine the programmatic needs of a site, this document uses a human perception framework to analyze the existing street conditions. This creates a built environment that allows for improved mental well-being of the public through positive social interactions. By implementing a design tool kit, this project aims to support the architectural process of creating public space that promotes positive well-being in an urban community. This examination will be three-fold: through human-focused design rather than object-making design, the restorative benefits through the integration of nature, and the sensorial qualities of architecture in its material and formal composition. This research develops a programmatic system that promotes positive social interaction through the design of a public square in Halifax, Nova Scotia.