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Title: ASSESSING NATURE IN HOSPITAL ENVIRONMENTS
Authors: TANG YONG KUAN
Keywords: Architecture
Dissertation (Architecture)
Master (Architecture)
2003/2004 AkiD MArch
Ruzica Bozovic Stamenovic
Issue Date: 19-Sep-2017
Citation: TANG YONG KUAN (2017-09-19). ASSESSING NATURE IN HOSPITAL ENVIRONMENTS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Being part of the complex entity of nature, man possesses subconscious inclination to nature. The intuitively based idea that people benefit psychologically (in some broad sense) from contacts with nature often forms part of the rationale for actions in design of hospital environment. For example, the common design decision of including landscape feature in entry lobby as a welcoming gesture; or, on personal level, the practice of having fresh flower when visiting a friend in hospital. According to WHO, ‘health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ The engagement of nature as part of the healing tools nurtures patients’ mental well-being. It has the potential of pushing hospital environment closer towards ‘healing environment’. Admitting the fact that perception and preference to nature are subjective, research1 however shows that certain qualities of nature have the potential of nurturing patients’ well-being to certain degree. It prompts us to study what constitute nature, and whether these qualities of nature have any impacts on patients in hospitals. It also worth the attentions to study whether the design efforts of integrating natural stimuli into hospital spaces stirs desired outcomes on patients. The paper is an attempt to assess the presence and impacts of stimuli from nature on patients in hospital environment. The study introduces a method of assessing qualities of nature perceivable by patients in hospital environment. The result is intended to lead to the consciousness of re-look into the presence of nature in hospital environment, and principle of improving their qualities of presence. The assessment should inform the designers of how well the qualities of nature in hospital environment is integrated into the built environment, and whether their presence arouse any beneficial reactions on patients. It might also have implications on design decisions of integrating natural stimuli as a way of improving therapeutic potential of hospital environment.
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