Hummelstown Quarry Nature-Light Cancer Treatment Center
Olsen, Angela Marie
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 77-78).
"Most, if not all, cancer patients get their treatments in a hospital; there is plenty of space, technology, and equipment available to promote the overall health and wellness of a patient. These treatment areas are without windows or if they do, have no views to nature. Nature and light is an important part of becoming well again. The arguable position of investigation for this thesis is the effect of nature and light on the performance of the employees of treatment centers and the recovery of the patients. The typical architectural context of hospitals or treatment centers are not usually the best environment for patients to get well soon, patients need to be in a low distraction and low stress environment. Re-defining the cancer treatment center into a more positive ambiance that will benefit everyone involved, the patients, doctors/physicians, and caregivers, family, and communities surrounding the site. This will lay a path of innovative design for health care."
Keywords: Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, cancer treatment center, health care, whole person health, importance of nature in healing, daylighting’s affect on the human body, circadian rhythm, site rehabilitation
CHAIR: Pacheco, Carole
PDF (79 pages): illustrations (some color), plans
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