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Title: Finding hope in Zen: a design of a women's transitional housing facility
Authors: Takahashi, Satoko
Supervisor: Close, Susan (Interior Design)
Examining Committee: Blake, Sheri (City Planning) Kandrack, Mary-Anne (Sociology)
Graduation Date: October 2012
Keywords: Transitional Housing
Second-stage Housing
Domestic Abuse
Interior Design
Therapeutic Landscape
Healing Space
Social Support
Blurring Boundaries
Issue Date: 7-Sep-2012
Abstract: Domestic violence against women and children is a significant international issue. There are many obstacles survivors face, and the problem is more complex than is often perceived. This interior design practicum responds by focusing on the design of a transitional housing facility that creates a paradigm shift away from the institutional approach. The key interior spaces include areas that help individuals nourish and heal from their challenging experiences; the overall approach focused on establishing community networks amongst the residents. The overarching architectural language and designs were informed primarily by Japanese Zen, Theory of Supportive Design, Lifeboat theory, and Experiential Learning Theory. Additional literature investigation on Shinrin-yoku and Therapeutic Landscapes have helped to shape the final programme and design. Along with relevant precedent studies, a design has been proposed called Hana's Place, a transitional housing facility that is aimed at being a place survivors of domestic violence can call home.
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