Dissertations - Health Space

Daniel Páscoa Soares do Rego

Architecture as a Medicinal Instrument

November 2012

The aim of this investigation is to explore the role of architecture as a therapeutic environment, understood as the stage of treatment that stimulates the healing process by creating a physical and social environment that promotes a sense of wellbeing and reduces stress and fatigue, encouraging a positive attitude by their various users.
In the field of Evidence-based design, this thesis allowed to highlight the instrumental status of architecture in the design of healthcare spaces. Alluding to the Vitruvian Triad – FIRMITAS, UTILITAS e VENUSTAS – the instrumentality of the architecture of healthcare spaces presents itself as a necessary and essential condition for its value and excellence. (presentation, thesis)