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Architecture as the Enabler; Facilitating Independent Lifestyles for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

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posted on 06.04.2022, 20:48 by Welch, Laura

This thesis aims to inform the design of a living, learning community for individuals with Intellectual Disability (ID) and to establish performance criteria to inform more effective architectural interventions. Historical interventions have isolated individuals with ID, deteriorating their quality of life. This thesis proposes an education, recreation base with residential accommodation designed to provide an engaged community which nurtures independence. The performance criteria consists of three umbrellas: architecture for support, comprised of community, staff-user relationship and family support, architecture for ID, comprised of accessibility, avoiding anxiety, and sensory needs, and architecture for independence, comprised of learning environment, social connection, and self-determination. The design consists of three buildings: The Walker Centre as a place to host social interaction, Kōwhai House which serves as the residence for clients, and The Learning Hub as an education facility assisting in the gaining and retention of life skills.

History

Copyright Date

07/04/2022

Date of Award

07/04/2022

Publisher

Victoria University of Wellington - Te Herenga Waka

Rights License

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Degree Discipline

Architecture

Degree Grantor

Victoria University of Wellington - Te Herenga Waka

Degree Level

Masters

Degree Name

Master of Architecture (Professional)

Victoria University of Wellington Unit

University Library

ANZSRC Type Of Activity code

1 PURE BASIC RESEARCH

Victoria University of Wellington Item Type

Awarded Research Masters Thesis

Language

en_NZ

Victoria University of Wellington School

Wellington School of Architecture

Advisors

Chicca, Fabricio