Rehabilitative Architecture: Inflluences on Bodily Injury
New Zealand has elite athletes of a very high level ranging from world champions in athletics, rowing, and cycling to highly competitive rugby, football, and netball teams. Physical injury is a common threat within all sports and it is found that New Zealand does not provide an adequate rehabilitation facility to deal with such bodily injury. In this context, this research proposes to test the idea that architecture may positively influence the recovery from injury. This research explores the psychology of healing and the notion of control over environment. Furthermore, the rehabilitation of building will be examined to discover the positive links between body and building in the domain of healing environments. Alternative healing facilities will be studied in contrast to traditional health providers. Design will play a major role, testing theoretical and observational outcomes. The intimate relationship between the body and its environment will be considered as an essential element in the definition of rehabilitative architecture.