Narrative and Mobility as Healing Environments

By Iris Aravot and Osnat Rosen-Kremer.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Interpreting healing environments as contributing to maintenance of good health, biologically, mentally, spiritually and socially, this research-based paper focuses on stress relieving in in-between-cities (IBCs). It describes existing phenomena termed ‘narrability’, defined as an inter-subjective life-world, enhanced and experienced through mobility. It is a distinct experience of a real place, through actual movement on foot, bicycle, motorcycle, car, etc., interwoven with images, memories and narratives of a group or a social network from other spaces and time-periods, not necessarily contiguous with present space and time.
The research describes how ‘narrability’ actually uses various strategies to cope with stress. It concludes with a proposal to employ ‘narrability’ as a strategy for physical and interdisciplinary planning intervention.

Keywords: Mobility, Narrative, Stress

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.157-168. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 5.861MB).

Assoc. Prof. Iris Aravot

Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, I.I.T., Haifa, Israel

Dr. Osnat Rosen-Kremer

Adjunct, Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, I.I.T., Haifa, Israel


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