Urban Design and Landscape
The project is about a space, designed for Post-Secondary students who are effected by depression and anxiety. Such a space would provide counseling, therapy… more
James Wright is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a founding Board Director and… more
Dear Ms. Haider,
Your studies and presentation exhibits have a pleasant, delightful character, very befitting the subject matter. I am impressed by the vast range of sensory perception you have provided for; it is apparent you have thought deeply about how to create a caring, healing environment.
Perhaps it was intentional on your part, but the architecture of the facilities supporting your proposed environment is rather nondescript. Have you considered how the character of the buildings might enable the buildings to be a therapeutic tool? Perhaps the architecture--particularly the interior architecture--is most critical in the facility that initially receives guests, and one in which goodbye's are expressed.
Thank you so much that you take out time from your busy schedule and provide me informative points about my projects . It was really my wish that I could provide some detailed insight about the interior but I couldn't , due to my over focus/priority on exterior and landscaping. But your crit is on point and I will consider and revisit my project in interior space as a provider of therapeutic experience. And thank for the complements.
The project is about a space, designed for Post-Secondary students who are effected by depression and anxiety. Such a space would provide counseling, therapy not in an conventional way but also through the intervention of art and nature, that is by providing, healing gardens, clay, art, drama, dance, movement, therapy. To place my design elements and landscape features, i use the tool of Feng Shui. Feng Shui helps to channel the chi energy through color, shape, materials and textures in respective direction, which help to channel the spiritual positive energy in the place.
The research starts from studying outdoor spaces used for nature therapy and eco-art therapy. Scientific research have proof the benefits of nature therapy on physical and mental health. Nature gave birth to art, as the first artwork starts from copying nature; animals, plants, birds, marine animals and humans. Nature evokes curiosity and inspiration, so the scope of the project is to refresh and rejuvenate the intellectual minds.
Site Location: University of Karachi, Karachi Pakistan
Site Area: 4.8 acres
Materials for built spaces: Limestone, Yorkshire stone, Slate stones, Concrete, Bamboo, Compressed Earth Blocks (CEB), Glass, Teak Wood, Walnut Wood, Galvanized steel,
Trees (mostly local species): Gul mohar tree (Delonix regia), Indian Almond tree (Terminalia catappa), Terminalia Mantaly, Plumeria, Amaltas tree (Cassia fistula), Red cotton silk tree (Bombax ceiba), Babul tree (Vachellia nilotica), Neem tree (Azadirachta indica), Pisonia Alba, Barna tree (Crateva religiosa), Moringa tree (Moringa oleifera), Portia/ Indian tulip tree (Thespesia populnea), Lignum Vitae, Nerium oleander, Ulta Ashok tree (Saraca asoca),Peeple tree (Ficus religiosa), Foxtail palm (Wodyetia bifurcata), Coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), Bismarckia palm.
Shrubs, ground covers and creepers: Bouganvillae, Morning glory, Garlic vine, Rangoon creepers, Curtain creepers, Phormium, Texas sage, Bamboo, Wedelia ground cover, Sullu Spurge, Dracaena, Yucca, Kapoc bush, White carpet ground cover, Agave, Furcaria, Aspara grass, Duranta hedge, Blue fiscue, Spartina grass, Ficus species for topiaries.
Garden features, Water bodies, levels, garden walls, Arbors, sitting spaces.