Will White-Howe (he/him/his)
MSA Research Project Prize
Currently in my 4th year at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Throughout my studies I have developed a passion for sustainable, community driven architecture. With a specific focus on supporting health and lifestyle within an urban setting.
Many of my projects play a particular role in developing my own understanding and experimentation with environmentally conscious materials. Focusing on the tactility and gravitas of natural materials and the repose they can evoke in a visitor.
This project aims to tackle the subject of poor public health using a ‘salutogenic’ approach. This is a medical approach focusing on factors that support human health and well-being, rather than on factors that cause disease. Creating a public building that acts as the precursor to a hospital by allowing people to prevent and treat ill health themselves. The proposal speculates on measures that could help reduce strain on NHS resources. This is a typology of a publicly funded building that currently does not exist within the UK and thus precedents are difficult to find. As such, the project theorises the type and conditions a building of this type could achieve. Through the creation of nodes targeting 4 main subcategories of wellness; Mental, Physical, Holistic and Social wellness the proposal creates intermediary access to healthcare, reducing stigma and promoting positive self-development.