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Asinobi, Alma Amarachi and Covenant University, Theses (2020) PROPOSED MULTI-SPECIALIST HOSPITAL IN PORT HARCOURT, NIGERIA: TOWARDS INTEGRATING BIOPHILIC DESIGN FOR WELLBEING. Masters thesis, Covenant University Ota.

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In response to the evolution and modification of human needs and priorities, the built environment has evolved over time from simple unplanned dwellings to more complex organized ones, and it has now been made obvious that man’s basic need for shelter involves more than just a roof over his head - it has become a foundation for his health and overall well-being, even more so in hospital environments and healthcare facilities. Therefore, the need for intentional design of healthcare facilities that can cater to the wellbeing needs of people, passively, while performing its mainstream healthcare functions has arisen, especially in Southern Nigeria where the black soot menace has plagued the air. One of the ways to achieving this is by integrating nature into the environment and this approach is Biophilic Design which uses nature in the space, nature of the space and natural analogues to improve wellbeing. The aim of this research is to investigate the impact of biophilic design principles on human health and wellbeing with a view to applying same to the design of a multi-specialist hospital in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. This study employed both quantitative and qualitative research methods which include a questionnaire-based survey in 4 selected hospitals in Nigeria and case studies of 6 selected hospitals to identify biophilic design strategies and the extent of their application, as well as users’ perception of the impact on their wellbeing. Findings show that most hospitals in Nigeria are designed with minimal biophilic features and therefore only moderately impacts on the wellbeing of their users. This study has developed an architectural design of a multi-specialist hospital that employs biophilic design strategies to improve wellbeing of the users.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biophilic Design, Wellbeing, Multi-Specialist Hospital, Port-Harcourt
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Art
Depositing User: nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2023 10:17
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2023 10:17

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