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Michelle Sletten

Michelle Sletten

Madison, WI, US

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Master's Thesis: Harmonizing Space and Mind

Harmonizing Space and Mind is about understanding the effect our built environment has on us both physically and emotionally. Being able to understand how to manipulate the spaces we create to generate certain feelings is important, especially when dealing with medical treatment facilities. Over the years medical facilities were often developed to follow the advancements in technology rather than focus on the experience and comfort of the patient. Through a personal experience with my mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer, I came to understand the need of the patient to have a comforting and calming environment. In a time when their world is so out of control and unbalanced, the patient is striving for a place to feel at peace. By identifying essential elements, which impact how patients react and feel in a space, we can create an optimal healing environment.  

 
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Status: School Project

 
The focus is to open up spaces in the middle of all the medial spaces, to bring in more natural light and connection to the natural site. The focus is also the structure which is a familiar element in all of the buildings as well as a metaphor to the natural world and the structure of a tree.
The focus is to open up spaces in the middle of all the medial spaces, to bring in more natural light and connection to the natural site. The focus is also the structure which is a familiar element in all of the buildings as well as a metaphor to the natural world and the structure of a tree.
The community center, where patients and family members could come to get support and information during all stages of treatment.
The community center, where patients and family members could come to get support and information during all stages of treatment.
The main corridor system connecting all of the individual buildings. Strong emphasis on the connection to the natural environment and natural materials.
The main corridor system connecting all of the individual buildings. Strong emphasis on the connection to the natural environment and natural materials.
Individual patient chemotherapy treatment rooms
Individual patient chemotherapy treatment rooms
I developed these 9 elements which I believe when taken into account and used wisely create the optimal healing environment.
I developed these 9 elements which I believe when taken into account and used wisely create the optimal healing environment.

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