threshold becoming [un]furled: weaving the transition from institute to environment
There is little support for patients as they transition out of psychiatric care. In addition, the communities they were isolated from find it difficult to integrate them back into their social fabric. In response, this dissertation proposes a Step-Through Precinct as an urban agricultural hub that provides socio-economic opportunities for outpatients and community members. The site will be a soft threshold between Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital and the communities at its boundaries.
This design proposal explores placemaking through investigating the relationships between boundary, transition and programme. It implements a set of design principles that expand and contract threshold to create an urban farm where cultivating, preparing and sharing food promotes social interaction.