Breakdown of the Research

The diagram below explains in the most basic sense the areas of inquiry for my research. I will begin with exploring how our prisons became so isolated from society. From there, the method is a zoom-in approach beginning with the birds eye view of location; where are prisons located and is this the best approach (rural vs. city, etc.) Arriving at the site of the prison, I examine the campus and the structures that make up the complex. From here, we begin to look at the building itself and the form it takes. Inside of the structure, I will examine the interior organization relating to programmatic needs that should be separated or adjacent and how the inmates use the space. The most specific area of investigation are the design elements required to fulfill human needs (operable windows for fresh air and sunlight!), especially considering these are spaces that the inmates are confined to for years on end.

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