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.# Retreat Centre for

.# Retreat Centre for Wlw(e tfeahfi 1.6 The Healing Effects of Architecture Architecture is not a passive aspect of our lives. To understand architecture completely, one must understand the context of the building and the culture from which it was made. 14 Like a culture, architecture is never complete; it is in a perpetual motion and is a dynamic force in flux shaped by our perception, attitude, mood and feelings. After recently visiting a hospital to get stitches, I realized that the architecture made no attempt to aid in the healing process. The building was designed for function only, where the priority was focused mostly on hospital staff and not patients. I had no control over my environment or my treatment. Hospitals are largely institutional, that is, they are devoid of any personal qualities. (Fig. 3) Hospitals, in general, facilitate institutional empowerment and not personalized patient care. 15 Architecture can be dangerous. Because we accept our surroundings, not taking them into full consciousness, architecture can influence our actions. 15 A healing environment is a place where people feel comfortable, relaxed and cared for. This section addresses the potential of the built environment to facilitate healing. Fig.3 Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. Building lacks 'personal qualities'. 14

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