Transforming Borders: Transforming the Airports Built Environment Through Environmental Psychology, Proxemics and Therapeutic Design

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  • Within a hyper-culture, people suffer from mental fatigue caused by daily stress and strains. The airport is a prime example of a space that heightens anger, anxiety and stress unintentionally due to the unique nature of air travel. The environment of air travel exposes a series of potential adverse events within a brief and concentrated period of time that evokes negative emotions. The airport provides a unique situation where psychology, anatomy and architecture meet and overlap with the potential to resolve most of the situations leading to anxiety and instead create a space designed to be therapeutic rather than induce stress. The unplanned voids of waiting spaces have the potential to become spaces that will not only serve the purpose of waiting but also create a restorative environment rather than an uncomfortable void.

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  • 2015


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