Date of Submission

Spring 5-7-2024

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Dr. Selen Okcu


The escalating issue of physical inactivity among children in the United States, propelled by pervasive technology, demands urgent attention. Sedentary lifestyles, characterized by excessive screen time and poor diets, have become the societal norm. The impact extends beyond physical health, affecting cognitive development, social interaction, and nutrition. Prolonged screen time hinders cognitive functions and impedes social development, while unhealthy dietary choices lead to malnutrition, obesity, and chronic diseases.

In response, institutional agencies like the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have formulated guidelines to combat sedentary lifestyles, emphasizing the critical role of childhood and adolescence in developing healthy habits. Research indicates that regular physical activity enhances brain health and requires adopting healthy eating habits to maximize it advantages.

To comprehensively tackle this widespread issue, an architectural approach is being proposed. Existing designs focus on physical activity but neglect cognitive and nutritional aspects in one cohesive environment. The envisioned architectural space surpasses traditional play areas, actively stimulating cognitive development and promoting overall well-being. Incorporating interactive features, social spaces, and sensory experiences, such as lighting and acoustics, aims to engage children’s minds while they play. This cognitive stimulation ideally will enhance problem-solving skills, creativity, and critical thinking. The overarching goal is to instill healthy habits early in life, recognizing childhood’s formative nature. By seamlessly integrating physical activity, cognitive and social development, and nutritional education, the proposed environment aims to empower children with lifelong habits contributing to a healthier and more successful life.

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