Psycholotecture : natural light & the mind : an investigation into the realm of natural light and it's ability to affect ones physical and mental health

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Parker, Brian M.
Seager, Andrew R.
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Thesis (B. Arch.)
College of Architecture and Planning
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Since the dawn of man humans have maintained a consistent connection with the sun. as architecture evolved, so did the role that natural light played in the design of structures. these days, the sun has lost it’s position high atop the list of essential design criterion. from office buildings containing hundreds of cubicles and core offices, to eliminating glazing as a means of cutting building costs, architecture lost it’s relationship with the sun. this thesis is a tool for designing a possible way of reconnecting humanity with natural light through architecture. the design will act as a prototype for a new building precedent. it will take the shape of a light therapy retreat. the premise is that humans rely on sunlight for basic survival. as the building industry continues to limit the role of natural light in architecture, society has begun to suffer both physically and psychologically. citizens who become afflicted with symptoms of sun depravation would be referred to the clinic for treatment. the general criteria for the retreat center is that people will interact with natural light in a variety of ways throughout the day. no space will be without sunlight in some form. light becomes the driving design ideal and plays a vital role once again in the creation and character of the architecture. mankind shall not be deprived of man's oldest medicine, the sun.