architecture, prison, behavior, support, rehabilitation
Architectural History and Criticism | Architectural Technology | Interior Architecture | Urban, Community and Regional Planning
The concrete lined cells of a contemporary prison do not lend themselves well to processes of rehabilitation. This thesis contends that it is time for architects to rethink the architecture of the prison. When an inmate knows he is being watched, he tends to exhibit positive behavior out of fear of the consequences of any action deemed to be negative. This thesis contends that by incorporating the apparatus of surveillance seamlessly into a prison's architecture it may be possible to provide spaces that feel more open and less oppressive.
One way to generate a feeling of openness is to create well-lit and airy spaces. Courtyards might be reconstructed to provide a feeling of freedom instead of confinement while still maintaining proper control and observation. The prison is thus transformed to become a forward thinking, innovative rehabilitation center capable of instilling positive change in the lives of inmates and jailers alike.
Borri, Jessica, "Redefining the Constraint | Designing Control to Support Rehabilitation" (2016). Architecture Senior Theses. Paper 331.
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