Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Designing a Better Society

Class

Article

College

Caine College of the Arts

Faculty Mentor

Susie Tibbitts

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Though not the most common or popular topic, teen drug use is a serious problem that must be addressed. While there are numerous ongoing efforts to better educate teens on the harmful effects of drug and substance abuse, there will always be circumstances where teens have tried drugs and need to get help. Rehab centers are the obvious answer, but many of the current centers today are not designed with the client in mind. The space plans are often so closed that no interaction is encouraged. Every space has become so private that no wonder clients feel so alone and become more depressed during treatment. In addition to the space plan of current rehab centers, the aesthetic design of the space is often monotonous and maybe even depressive. Dark walls and inadequate lighting are the biggest factors that contribute to the mood in the space. So, the question is, how do we design a space that successfully provides an opportunity for teenagers and young adults to get help with drug abuse problems? How do we ensure that their time at the center will be positive and impactful so that once they leave, they will be better able to cope with the stress of everyday life? Metanoia Rehabilitation Center has been designed to better meet the treatment needs of the clients through both the treatment program itself as well as the design of the building. The entirety of the building is designed to provide a sense of relief to clients during their stay. While each area is planned for its specific needs, the overall neutral color scheme, combined with crisp lines of architectural details opens the space up, resulting in a calm atmosphere. This treatment facility will be a place to assist young teens on their individual journeys of change.

Location

The North Atrium

Start Date

4-12-2018 12:00 PM

End Date

4-12-2018 1:15 PM

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Designing a Better Society

The North Atrium

Though not the most common or popular topic, teen drug use is a serious problem that must be addressed. While there are numerous ongoing efforts to better educate teens on the harmful effects of drug and substance abuse, there will always be circumstances where teens have tried drugs and need to get help. Rehab centers are the obvious answer, but many of the current centers today are not designed with the client in mind. The space plans are often so closed that no interaction is encouraged. Every space has become so private that no wonder clients feel so alone and become more depressed during treatment. In addition to the space plan of current rehab centers, the aesthetic design of the space is often monotonous and maybe even depressive. Dark walls and inadequate lighting are the biggest factors that contribute to the mood in the space. So, the question is, how do we design a space that successfully provides an opportunity for teenagers and young adults to get help with drug abuse problems? How do we ensure that their time at the center will be positive and impactful so that once they leave, they will be better able to cope with the stress of everyday life? Metanoia Rehabilitation Center has been designed to better meet the treatment needs of the clients through both the treatment program itself as well as the design of the building. The entirety of the building is designed to provide a sense of relief to clients during their stay. While each area is planned for its specific needs, the overall neutral color scheme, combined with crisp lines of architectural details opens the space up, resulting in a calm atmosphere. This treatment facility will be a place to assist young teens on their individual journeys of change.