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© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Designing for Mental Health in Detention Centres

Designing for Mental Health in Detention Centres

Modern design principles for detention centres are moving away from purely punitive functions toward a more rehabilitative model. In the past, prison design was meant to render prisoners docile to the point of potentially causing mental harm. Incarceration was understood as a punishment where confinement and isolation were seen as ends in themselves. Neither workers’ nor prisoners’ mental well-being was taken into consideration for facility design. Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Correctional Facility Design for Staff Well-Being

Correctional Facility Design for Staff Well-Being

Correctional facility design is undergoing a transformation as both correctional experts and designers recognize that spatial design, colour, good acoustics, natural light and views can have a healing effect for prisoners. Up to 50% of prisoners may enter the carceral system suffering with mental or psychological challenges; it’s now accepted that design can play a positive therapeutic role when implemented effectively. Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Current Trends in Classroom Design

Current Trends in Classroom Design

When it comes to education, the days of the strict three Rs of education (reading, writing and ’rithmetic) are thankfully becoming a thing of the past. Today’s students grew up in a world of digital content that is curated toward their strengths and interests. These “digital natives” are bringing new expectations into the classroom with them, and teachers are seeking innovative classroom design that will forge the way for the future. Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Has the Time Come for a Colour Revolution in Healthcare Design?

Has the Time Come for a Colour Revolution in Healthcare Design?

Jain Malkin, the Grande Dame of Healthcare Interiors, once asked a provocative question: “Are healthcare architects phobic about colour?” She argues, “The brain perceives the environment consciously and subconsciously, causing it to increase or decrease the concentration of physiologically active hormones that have the capacity to negatively impact the healing response. Even when a person is not consciously thinking about the interior design and comfort level of the setting, the brain is responding to it subconsciously.” Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | The Impact of Scenic Views on Healing

The Impact of Scenic Views on Healing

Most of us know intuitively that our surroundings can affect our sense of well-being. If we’re feeling stressed or anxious, for instance, a walk in the park or near a lake or even just sitting in a garden can make us instantly feel better. Science confirms that exposure to green space lowers our heart rates, reduces muscle tension, and decreases the production of stress hormones. So it comes as no surprise that research also indicates that hospital architecture incorporating nature into its design accelerates recovery time and improves patient outcomes as well. Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Recognizing Hospitals as Community Assets

Recognizing Hospitals as Community Assets

In the past, hospitals were regarded as cold, unfriendly “institutions” where people went to get fixed or repaired. Few from the community would visit a hospital, and when they did it was only to visit a loved one who was sick. Thankfully, healthcare design has evolved just as the role hospitals play within our communities has evolved. Today, hospitals can play a central role in improving the health and wellbeing of our communities, facilitating greater public health investment. Read more

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