Architecture for the Edge: Redefining the New Zealand School in the Context of a Mental Health Crisis
The state of mental health in the young people of New Zealand is at a concerning level. With as many as one in seven young people reporting significant signs of depression in the past year, it is time we placed wellbeing as our top design priority.
As the location where young people spend the most time apart from home, schools present a unique opportunity for an architectural intervention. Yet in too many cases the experiences here contribute to anxiety, depression and social isolation. At a time when our schools need to be life-giving spaces, are they instead teaching young people to hate themselves?
This thesis offers an alternative, re-imagining the school in the context of New Zealand’s mental health crisis.