Aayushkara: A Prototype Mobile Clinic
Tandel, Manasee D.
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.Arch.) -- Architecture
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Architecture
Bibliography: pages 99-100
"The animated life of humans has caused many mental ailments which leads to drug dependence and usage of anti-depressants that causes side-effects. An ancient Indian holistic healing technology called 'Ayurveda' that conceives the concept of attaining good health by acquiring balance of mind and body, advocates natural medications from plant extracts and causes negligible side effects. However, this healing technology is considered a complementary and alternate medicine (CAM) in the United States. It is essential to promote Ayurveda today as the society is adapting an organic and natural way of living and yet is unenlightened. Architecture is an appropriate mode of endorsement as arrangement of space can enhance recovery. Moreover, mobile architecture provides flexibility and dynamism to a program in a space as compared to a stationary building. A mobile mental health care clinic can cover a larger expanse and can be developed as a self-sustaining, futuristic ephemeral structure. However, Mobile healthcare clinics today are designed as per the limited space a container yields. It is important to study different materials and mechanisms used in various mechanical systems to design a hybrid system that works together in a limited space. I investigated a composition of a mobile building and researched the rituals of providing education, medication and recovery by Ayurveda through case studies and material studies resulting in acknowledgment of a possibly better treatment of mental health and adapting mobility in architecture as a pioneering building system."
Keywords: promote Ayurveda, mobile architecture, hybrid system
CHAIR: Singeisen, Scott R.
Woods, Timothy J.
PDF : 100 pages, illustrations (chiefly color), plans
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