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Farrow Gives Key Speech at European Health Design Congress in London England.

June 17, 2019. Tye Farrow has given a key speech to Europe’s leading health design congress at the Royal College of Surgeons in London on the subject: “The life, death and resurrection of wellness: enriched environments that activated optimal health.” The speech focused on identifying elements of architectural space that contribute to physiological and psychological health.
Farrow identified the measurable qualitative aspects of design that can affect psychological health and as a result physiological and sociological health. Through design, we can a measurable dimension of “comprehensibility, manageability and meaningfulness” and most importantly, create the “sense of purpose”, that is a predictor of strong health and wellness outcomes.
His speech connected the dots between psychological cognitive and pre-cognitive reactions that have physiological responses. These responses fundamentally effect human performance through complex neurological procedures. We can create ‘enriched environments’ that enhance human performance, through specific spatial fundamentals, both cultural and causal, and thus support optimal health.
The European Health Design Congress provides an international forum for researchers, policymakers and practitioners to explore the relationship between health service and system design, technology and the built environment, which is now in its fifth year.

 

Farrow to Design Leadership Retreat and Wellness Centre in Blue Mountain

June 13, 2019. Farrow has begun the design of the new Ledge Leadership Centre in Collingwood, Ontario. The new centre will help further the objective of creating a centre that: is a place that can inspire; that helps us embrace our differences; discover our whole personal character; accelerate collaborative interactions amongst one another; and help us bridge relationships and partnerships between different backgrounds.
The centre will include a range of meeting, accommodation, wellness and retreat facilities on a beautiful treed site that includes some notable heritage structures.

 

Netherlands Norwich Community Phase Two

June 10, 2019. Farrow has begun work on the design for the second phase of the Netherlands Reformed Congregation’s assisted living facility in Norwich, near London Ontario. The original Farrow designed project included a variety of housing types and education facilities that embrace the existing church as an integrated focal point for the congregation.
The second phase will include more specialized assisted living suites along with a dementia unit. The assisted living facility is designed as a semi circular building containing the common and living areas surrounding a common central entry garden. The private areas are housed in wings that radiate outwards, which surround semi-private garden and activity areas.

 

Toronto Montessori Elgin Mills Senior and Middle School Campus

June 7, 2019. Farrow has begun designing the first phase of expansion of the Toronto Montessori Elgin Mill’s senior and middle school campus. The project includes a new dining hall, kitchen and server, classrooms, staff collaborative areas and related support areas, surrounding a new courtyard.
Internationally recognized since 1961 as Toronto Montessori Schools, TMS selected Farrow to create a Facilities Development Master Plan for their two campus locations in Richmond Hill in 2017. Farrow’s strategic design process was aligned with Montessori values that include purpose-focused inquiry, critical thinking and active, experiential learning.
The larger master plan for the Elgin Mills Senior school campus, a building of less than ten years old, needed a number of programmatic changes to advance the school’s strategic objectives based on “delivering a seamless, internationally acclaimed educational experience that inspires and challenges students to discover the best of who they are and to achieve their full potential.”
The second phase will include a new student common, theatre, collaboration space for faculty and students; new main entry; fitness centre; learning spaces and administrative support areas.

 


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