Date of Award
Master of Architecture
Architecture must reunite with its roots; it must become a bridge that reconnects humans to their surroundings. Architecture must remember where its users came from and how they are programmedto experience space. Introducing nature into the built environment will allow humans to naturally connect with their surroundings. This thesis idea is investigated through the design of a Co-work campus located in the Edge District of Memphis, Tennessee. It is crucial for an urban community to have access to the benefits of a restorative environment. Using biophilic design strategies, this thesis creates an immersive environment that softens the barrier between the built and natural landscapes. Additionally, principles from Kaplan’s Attention Restoration Theory are utilized throughout the design to allow the complexity and evolution of the natural world back into architecture, creating an optimal working environment. Finally, a Wabi-Sabi design aesthetic is used to find beauty in the cyclesof nature.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Whitaker, Kaitlin Margaret, "The Impacts of Restorative Architecture: Returning to Our Roots" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2014.