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Conference Proceeding


National Conference on the Beginning Design Student

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Ames, IA


"The role that bathing plays within a culture," Siegfried Gideon writes, "reveals the culture's attitude coward human relaxation. Ir is a measure of how far individual well-being is regarded as an indispensable part of community life."' ln many parts of the world today, and for many centuries, baths that rely on mineral springs, geysers, heated water, steam or dry hear were designed for the regeneration of local populations without a nod coward utopian dreams, or the exclusivity of private spas. Unlike the contemporary US, public thermal baths in Germany are central ro the economy of"curing towns" and paid for by the national health insurance. Across Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle and Far East, women and men continue ro rake the waters in ancient hammams, furos, saunas, and other communal environments that offer at least in part-the architectural landscape for the contemporary health culture we are seeking in the US.

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Iowa State University




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