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This dissertation focuses on the architecture of the modern day asylum. The aim of this research is to discuss how the architecture of asylums/psychiatric hospitals in the United Kingdom (UK) has developed over the course of time and how architecture has been used to develop the perfect healing environment for patients. Of particular interest is the use of multi-sensory experience (the use of light and shadows, acoustics, tactile materials and so forth) to promote recovery. This topic is interesting and relevant as usually the architectural and institutional history of the asylum is discussed alongside the history of prisons and other restrictive institutions.1 However, discussing asylums in this context ignores the fact that the different treatments used to cure and mitigate mental health issues are present throughout the fabric of asylums and modern mental hospitals such as occupational therapy and other therapeutic innovations. In this dissertation there will be an exploration of the

1 Edginton, B., (1997). Moral

various approaches to architecture which are designed to facilitate

architecture: the influence of

rehabilitation and recovery from various mental disorders. Hence,

the York Retreat on the asylum

the main focus of this paper will be the importance of the healing

design. Health & Place, 3(2),

environment and the use of multi-sensory experience to encourage


healing among patients.


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Architecture Dissertation - The Modern Asylum  

Architecture Dissertation - The Modern Asylum