Healing Architecture / The hospital-garden that helps healing

It would be hard to remember how many times I have wondered if there was a straight relationship between human behavior and architecture, if there is a direct relationship between the shape of the space and how we get along in the atmosphere that this space evokes.

Unfortunately, along my architecture studies, I haven’t found topics related to this, what is today called neuro-architecture, so I had to wait until I was done with school to fetch the chance to research and go deeper in this wonderful field.

Therefore, I spend my spare time looking for examples that demonstrate this invisible buttangible relationship between space and spectator. Let me explain. There are scientific evidences regarding this connection between what we do and how we do it, but few of these evidences have been taken as principles to design spaces. Moreover, we are nowadays analyzing spaces that show this connection as today’s example.

Few months ago, I ran into the Prouty Garden, part of the Children Hospital of Boston. A place that is said to help young patients heal, giving us a great example of this link between neuroscience and architecture (landscape architecture in this particular case).

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Arquitectura sanadora / El Jardín-hospital que ayuda a curar a los pacientes

En muchas ocasiones me he preguntado sobre la relación entre la arquitectura y el comportamiento de sus usuarios, y si existe alguna relación directa entre la morfología del espacio y cómo nos desenvolvemos en el entorno que ésta propone.

Durante la carrera, pocas fueron las veces que salieron temas relacionados con esto que hoy llaman “neuro-arquitectura”, y no ha sido hasta ahora, embarcada en el apasionante mundo de la investigación, cuando he podido ahondar en tan maravilloso campo.

Hace unos meses comencé a leer sobre el Prouty Garden del Hospital Infantil de Boston, un sitio del que científicos de distintas disciplinas afirman que ayuda a curar a los peques que lo visitan: un claro ejemplo de este vínculo entre neurociencia y arquitectura (del paisaje en este caso).

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