Catálogo de Investigaciones 2019-2020

CATÁLOGO DE INVESTIGACIONES | AÑO ACADÉMICO 2019-2020 85 Mental Health Integrative Design “Mental Health Integrative Design” seeks to discover how mental health may be impacted by urban decay and how architectural design strategies may help alleviate some of said impact and, moreover, promote mental and emotional well-being. These strategies include certain key characteristics that relate to Architecture and the design of the built environment such as color, texture, spatial quality, spatial volume and landscape design. These factors aim to redefine the definition of “comfort zone” and how it can be applied through the creation of spaces that provide the right environment for maintaining a full state of wellness. Each and every one of the case studies, essays, experiments, and literature found during the course of the investigation provide notable facts, definitions, and in-depth information that helps solidify the evident problem of a mental health crisis and the role that integrative design plays in minimizing it. The precedents chosen show how through architecture different programs have been able to focus primarily in the design of spaces that provoke general wellbeing. With this as a foundation, the research led to the consideration of possible sites of location for the project development; these being cities in Puerto Rico that have the lead in mental health problems. The final architectural solution provides a complete vision of how mental health can be directly studied through, analyzed by, and benefitted from within architectural design. grace m. morales morales bachillerato en arquitectura mentor: arq. manuel de lemos y arq. jesús o. garcía mental health wellness planning and design design strategies architecture