Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture

Mental hospitals have become a sort of exhibit piece in western media. With movies like “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Shutter Island” depicting the institutions as inescapable Hell holes where every bit of humanity and sense of freedom is stripped from the patient. These depictions do not happen without reason, with many of the important institutions like the Trans Allegheny lunatic Asylum being shut down for being shockingly barbaric, with instances of lobotomies and the locking of patients in cages happening frequently. These places are described as a prison, and the architecture reflects that. I wish to seek out new forms of therapy to help heal patients. In this project, I use sound therapy to help create a free and healing environment for students that may be suffering from the consequences that a very busy school year could cause. I am going to use the existing train system that exists between the Sullivan Center and the Sharp Building to create a range of sound frequencies that can produce a soothing effect on passerby.