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Redefining Shelter: Fostering Human/Canine Relationships Through a New Typology

By Sabrina Nagel

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This thesis explores how design settings foster rehabilitation in humans and canines through mutual interaction. A synergy must be created between the 3.3 million dogs put into shelters in the U.S. every year (ASPCA) and the 11-20% of children in the U.S. who have a mental disorder (CDC). An interactive facility can make this connection between abandoned animals and troubled children who are in need of therapeutic solutions. The thesis methodology includes literature review, precedent study, development of design principles, and application of these principles to the design for dog adoption and child/dog therapy. The approach will result in a building design on a selected site where the impact of spatial strategies of interaction can be examined and evaluated. These principles can inform architects who design facilities that will further the mental and physical well being of humans and animals.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2018
Pages 110
Publisher University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)
Department Architecture
Degree Master of Architecture
DOI 10.13016/M2280528V
Language English
University University of Maryland
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Animal shelters
  3. Dogs
  4. Mammals
  5. open access
  6. peer-reviewed
  7. Pets and companion animals
  1. open access
  2. peer-reviewed