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89 Hohenadel, K., (2015),

The design of the Madlove: A Designer Asylum involves the input

This is what a psychiatric

from more than 300 patients, psychiatrists, architects and designers

ward designed by patients

that Leadbitter and Hull had gathered for the project (Hohenadel,

looks like. Slate. Retrieved 23

2015).89 Some examples of the inputs from mentally ill patients

January 2017 from: http://

that they envisioned will create the “perfect” environment for them

www.slate.com/blogs/

includes big windows, white walls covered with plants, a washable

the_eye/2015/03/19/mad-

paint room, more greenery and a larger space for dance, music and

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sports (Heyden, 2014).90 All of these inputs are elements that can

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stimulate the involvement of all the senses in the sensory palette,

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thus allowing a multi-sensory experience. The inputs are also all things that the patients desire, because they are things that make

90 Heyden, T., (2014). How

them feel more comfortable. This would then lead to the reduction

patients might design a psy-

in distress and aggression amongst the patients. This can be prov-

chiatric hospital. BBC News.

en by a research by Huckshorn demonstrates the reduction in the

Retrieved 29 Nov 2016 from:

use of restraint and seclusion for the patients by creating an envi-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/

ronment that decreases incidence of distress and aggression, thus

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allowing better recovery.91 Hence, by incorporating these inputs in the asylum design, a better environment for recovery is created.

91 Huckshorn K. A., (2004).

Reducing seclusion and

restraint use in mental health

a larger scale version of the ‘snoezelen’ units that was explained in

settings: Core strategies for

the previous chapter. The use of the input system and then incor-

prevention. Journal of Psychoso-

porating these inputs into the design means that the asylum is some-

cial Nursing 42(9), pp.22–33

how ‘customisable’ by the patients, they get to see, smell, hear, feel

The whole complex of the asylum can be considered to be

and do what they want. This concept of customising means that the asylum uses similar concept as the ‘snoezelen’ units, which allows a Below

multi-sensory experience, but at a much larger scale.

Fig. 25 Illustration on how to redesign an Asylum by Rosemary Cunningham

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