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Year: 2023

Presenter Name: Ryan Moser

With the design of this new building for Encircle the hopes is that not only will the people who enter and become apart of the Encircle family will help these adolescents, but the design will also make an impact. Incorporating some of the elements and attributions of biophilic design, environmental features (color, water, air, sunlight, plants, natural materials), natural shapes and forms (columnar supports, arches, shapes resisting straight lines, biomimicry), and Light and Space (Natural light, warm light, light and shadow, spatial harmony) will not only help to create that sense of connection to nature but to compliment the environmental psychology and support people's need for ""nature"". Some theories clarify the process by which contact with ""nature"" triggers the development of physical and mental functions. Some of these theories include the Place attachment theory, Stress Recovery Theory, The Biophilia Theory, and the Attention Restoration Theory. (Zhong, Schroder, Bekkering, 2021).
Another element incorporated into the design of the project will be making a conscious effort into differentiating light levels in different spaces can help with working tasks, activities that require attention and mindfulness, resting and relaxation areas (especially for therapy sessions as well as individual residential rooms), mood lighting in the restaurant so that customers can feel comfortable and at ease, and brighter lights in shopping areas that can increase alertness, excitement, happiness, and interest. (Zeng, Sun, Yu, Un, 2022)
Lastly, ergonomics will play an important role. Ergonomic and anthropometric measurements can be applied so that users of a all ages can enjoy their surrounding space, leisure activities and the comfort of equipment and furniture. Proportion and spacial needs will be considered and implemented to create safe, manageable and improved quality of life. (Shamailegh, 2022)
University / Institution: Weber State University
Type: Poster
Format: In Person
Presentation #C79
SESSION C (1:45-3:15PM)
Area of Research: Science & Technology
Faculty Mentor: Kristen Arnold