Lower Keys Oncology Center: Key West, Florida
Reese, Nicholas Josef
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M. Arch.) -- Architecture
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Architecture
Includes bibliographical references (pages 103-106).
"The Lower Keys Oncology Center is an exploration of the relationship between chemotherapy wards, patients, and nature. If used in conjunction, these elements generate a powerful change in the way cancer patients recover and undergo chemotherapy treatments. This center is usually referred to as the 'death ward,' due to the smell, lack of interaction with the outside world (nature). This thesis redesigns chemotherapy centers, thus providing patients with increased relaxation and generating an environment that increases the healing process. This is done with the use of natural lighting and creating connections to nature. There is a limit to cure, but no limit to care. When there is no cure, then there is a greater need for care. Health care facilities can cause high anxiety among patients, especially when they lack patient-to-patient and/or patient to family interaction. ‘Redesigning the Chemotherapy Center’ will focus on these aspects as well as introduce the natural healing effects of nature on the patients."
Keywords: cancer, community, nature, prefabricated, individualization
CHAIR: Pacheco, Carole
Afifi, Emad M.
PDF (106 pages): illustrations (chiefly color), map, plans
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