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Breaking Through Bars: Neuro-Diverse Environments for Imprisonment

Part 2 Project 2019
Stephanie Kyle
University of Nottingham | UK
What better way to explore inclusive design recommendations than in a typology where 93% of users have a neurological impairment? - A prison.

HMP Chetwynd is a controversial prison, mirroring the ethics of the Norwegian system but implementing neuro-diverse, inclusive design at every opportunity. It proposes an alternative to current reform and rehabilitation, prioritizing design for neurologically impaired users over traditional security-led incarceration design. This project questions the requirements of successful incarceration, rehabilitation and reintegration. It seeks alternatives to static security, perceived boundaries, community segregation and offers an environment for an alternative rehabilitative programme, tailored to the vast and varied neurological needs of inmates.

Established to analyse the effectiveness of inclusive design elements, specific to neurological impairment, the aim of the project was to surpass BS8300 and generate a set of design recommendations for better inclusive design. It is hoped that these can be applied to any typology without compromising on quality of architectural vision as 38% of the UK population have alternative, non-mobility design needs. If you can do it in a prison, you can do it anywhere.

So, would our reoffending rate drop from 81% if people are truly rehabilitated in an environment suited to their neurological needs?

Stephanie Kyle


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