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Author DuRoss, Linda A
Title Healing rhythms The impact of the aural environment in healing space
book jacket
Descript 101 p
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 48-05, page:
Advisers: Catherine Armour; Carissa Gavin
Thesis (M.A.)--Corcoran College of Art + Design, 2009
The human definition of space is crafted from individual sensory experience. How a particular space appears is the result of how one or a combination of the five senses interprets the built environment. Each sensory element contributes to the definition, translation and meaning ascribed to the space. The senses translate spatial cues to purvey function and convey emotion. Design directs the composition of sensory components, the aesthetic, structural and functional variables that create the spatial experience
Research recognizes the importance of the built environment to impact healing. Evidence-based design for healthcare considers sensory elements to create an environment conducive to healing. How a space looks, smells, feels and sounds is shown to impact clinical outcomes. Functional, visual and acoustic variables can affect a healing dynamic within the clinical space. Color, light, art, nature and music and are arranged within a space to evoke a healing experience. The well-designed aural environment is shown to impact the healthcare setting. Acoustic variables facilitate healing, promote well-being and improve the quality of care. Design elements function as aesthetic instruments and therapeutic resources that promote healing. iv
School code: 0501
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 48-05
Subject Design and Decorative Arts
Health Sciences, General
Alt Author Corcoran College of Art + Design. Interior Design
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