Food Interaction in Residence Halls
Salton, Jennifer Sarah
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Students go through a transition during the years of college. They enter as adolescents and exit as adults. During these years, students should be exposed to how to take care of themselves in all regards including their nutrition. Eating a balanced diet is vital for good health and well-being. Food provides our bodies with the energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals to live, grow and function properly. We need a wide variety of different foods to provide the right amounts of nutrients for good health. However, it is in college where students tend to slack off in this regard. Having a location on campus that teaches students everything regarding food from start to finish would be beneficial for the future as they make out in the “real world”. The aim of this study was to find out how design can teach students about healthier eating and encourage them to do so through architecture. This was accomplished through various methods including literature review, precedent study, data analysis, and experimentation. These findings were used to design a residence hall in the University at Buffalo: a freshmen residence hall dedicated to healthy eating. The study identifies strategies to improve campus housing in universities to better prepare freshmen students for the years ahead.