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Multi-Sensory Environments and Student Wellness on Urban Campuses: Co-designing an Inclusive Space at Butterfield Park to Help Support Student Mental Health

Diep, Melissa Q.Lan (2019) Multi-Sensory Environments and Student Wellness on Urban Campuses: Co-designing an Inclusive Space at Butterfield Park to Help Support Student Mental Health. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Diep, Melissa Q.Lan
Abstract:

Post-secondary education can be an exciting and challenging period in a person’s life. Many students are entering a new environment with little experience in the different processes and systems within the educational community. Mental health is a major concern for students because of the various factors that can influence their achievements and failures during their academic career. Over the last century, urban communities have become increasingly detached from nature, which may have attributed to an increase in the development of mental health issues. This study aims to support student well-being and creative thinking by providing them with the opportunity to help redesign Butterfield Park to help promote mental well-being on urban campuses. The feedback from the expert and student interviews, as well as survey and co-design workshops helped to inform the creation of a multi-sensory master plan for Butterfield Park. The identified themes that arose from the data analysis was the need in documenting user needs, creating an inclusive environment and bridging the connection between human and nature interaction. The application of a Multi-Sensory Environment can be transferred to other post-secondary campuses, workplaces and in the greater urban and landscape design context to encourage healthy living and community support.

Date: April 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: Multi-sensory Environment, mental health, student support, inclusive design, accessibility, landscape design, urban design, green space design, post-secondary education
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Inclusive Design
Date Deposited: 01 May 2019 17:36
Last Modified: 01 May 2019 17:36
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2461

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