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Room of silence: An explorative investigation of design students’ redesign of an arena for reflection and existential meaning-making
Faculty of Engineering, Lund University.
Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Lund University.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre. (Impact of Religion)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1793-7057
2015 (English)In: Mortality, ISSN 1357-6275, E-ISSN 1469-9885, Mortality, ISSN 1357-6275, 1-19 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores design students’ proposals for a redesign of the interior of a room of silence at the SUS hospital in Malmö. Reflection and existential meaning-making are discussed in relation to the material culture of design, and more specifically in relation to four different themes found among the students’ proposals: nature as common symbolic framework and salutary force; lighting creating a visual and spatial ambience for retreat; interactive objects allowing ritualised activities; and the presence and absence of religious symbols. In this paper, we argue that architecture and design more profoundly could support people with varying existential viewpoints when it comes to providing religiously and culturally shared public spaces for dealing with existentially crucial moments. We also argue for an interdisciplinary research approach to healing environments, where existential meaning-making is included in the overall discussion of the design of health care architecture.

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United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. 1-19 p.
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architecture, design, health care, healing environments, existential meaning-making
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-263356DOI: DOI:10.1080/13576275.2015.1046825OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-263356DiVA: diva2:857884
CAMINE: Cemetery Architecture - Meaning making Intentions, Needs and ExperiencesIMPACT OF RELIGION: Impact of Religion - Challenges for Law, Society and Democracy
Swedish Research Council, 421-2008-2287Swedish Research Council, 240-2007-8656
Available from: 2015-09-30 Created: 2015-09-30 Last updated: 2015-09-30

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