From the Home, Canary Wharf and the Peak District, this project addresses how a sound-oriented design can better facilitate the mental health benefits of naturalistic stimuli, and re-imagine the relationship between land and health.
The project is situated in the home, the countryside, and the city. It is an investigation into the aesthetics of and relationships between land and health. This is not a moralising attempt at a reconnection with nature, but a means to suggest better forms of listening to landscape and its instrumentality for psychophysiological well-being.
Drawing on bodies of research surrounding the health benefits of naturalistic stimuli and environment-based therapies, the project employs aural parameters and interviews with the landscape as its key material process. In its simplest form, the product is a printed map and an MP3 file. But the work investigates the aesthetics surrounding mental health, and the melancholies, necessity, and potential to incorporate environment-based therapy through architecture. By employing field work, music, and film, the project creates alternative methodologies and parameters of spatial practice to demonstrate and share the potentials of architecture as a tool to guide, speculate, and therefore re-imagine relationships between land and health.