I have grown to appreciate good design and architecture. At home, I like surrounding myself with well-design items that performs well and made to last. In my travels, I seek out architecture that characterizes the place I am visiting. The architecture of a place holds so many stories.
Which brings me to this feature by the Monocle Magazine about how architectural design of prisons function as a dignified way for criminals to serve their sentence and also help with their rehabilitation. Some design features that I noted are well-considered choice of building material to lend a human touch to prison cells, careful selection of colors to influence mood and mirroring of normal setting without compromising safety of prison staff. As the prisoners will eventually rejoin society, a successful rehabilitation process benefits everybody.
Enjoy this short video presentation from Monocle on how prisons around Europe are applying considered design.