Healing Through Movement

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  • Acquired Brain injury (ABI) is often referred to as the Silent Epidemic - as it is currently a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. With an estimated 1.5 million Canadians currently living with the effects of ABI, this thesis asks how architecture can contribute to the recovery of ABI survivors. Movement is increasingly being recognized as a rehabilitation tool that is linked to measurable physical, emotional and cognitive benefits. With this in mind, this thesis offers design ideas for the new rehabilitation centre proposed for the Ottawa region that focus on the theme of movement. Strategies to improve patient mobility are presented that address how people navigate a building, what supports they need to assist with their journey, and how circulation systems can serve as rehabilitation tools. To this end, the proposed design includes: multi-sensory navigation cues, expanded handrail systems, rest points and healing gardens.

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  • Copyright © 2018 the author(s). Theses may be used for non-commercial research, educational, or related academic purposes only. Such uses include personal study, research, scholarship, and teaching. Theses may only be shared by linking to Carleton University Institutional Repository and no part may be used without proper attribution to the author. No part may be used for commercial purposes directly or indirectly via a for-profit platform; no adaptation or derivative works are permitted without consent from the copyright owner.
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  • 2018


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