NTU Architecture Subject Group

Terra Firma

In response to the significant decline in mental health in the UK over the past three decades, it is crucial to prioritize human well-being over financial gains when designing spaces. Taking inspiration from Gestalt therapy, my approach emphasizes the integration of the mind, body, and Earth in the present moment, creating a grounding experience that enables individuals to connect with their inner selves. The design aims to foster mindfulness and promote mental health by cultivating a harmonious relationship between individuals and their environment.

The proposal presents a unique approach to therapy by integrating natural elements and promoting a Paleolithic mindset. The therapy centre is thoughtfully dispersed among trees and nature, creating a serene environment for healing and self-reflection. Additionally, the ceramics centre, nestled underground, offers a secluded space where individuals can disconnect from external distractions and engage in contemplative practices.

The exhibition serves as a platform to articulate the emotional journey experienced through therapy, providing valuable insight for friends and family to better understand the struggles their loved ones may be facing.

This innovative design concept challenges the conventional typology of modern city buildings, shifting the focus away from scale, efficiency, and refined materials, and instead emphasizes the connection to nature and the surrounding environment. The aim is to create spaces that prioritize well-being and foster a deeper connection between individuals and their surroundings

Isaac Howell
Student name
Isaac Howell
BArch Architecture

BArch Architecture

The BArch (Hons) in Architecture course is focused on the creative and practical development of architectural design, investigated in a studio environment through a series of carefully considered practical and theoretical projects in a variety of spatial, social, cultural and topographical situations.

The purpose of the course is to align architectural concepts, thinking, techniques and values with current architectural thought and practice. It involves strategic thinking and creative imagination; problem-solving and research tasks; attention to detail and tectonic resolution; traditional and digital forms of representation; and public presentations and reviews. This course addresses the challenges of designing for diverse communities and cultures and develops Part 1 graduates with creative vision, practical skills and an ethical position in respect of the role of the architect in a globalised world.

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