Accessible Design
Architecture for the visually impaired
Special design considerations for those who have lost their sight. An architecture that shall provide these people with a new vision to cope up with the outside world.
Rujuta Ranade
Architecture for the visually impaired
Lofty idea. People with vision difficulty rely more on the sense of touch as well listening. Try to have built spaces with techtonic revelations and sound reflective barriers/openings/level differences.
Dushyant Nathwani
Architecture for the visually impaired
Dear Rujuta,

I have learned about design considerations for the visually impaired in a studio class where we designed a library for the blind.

One of the main things that I learned is that there are many, many types of visual impairement, which all require different design interventions. People who are totally blind are actually a smaller percentage of this group then one would imagine. There are a lot of seniors who have glaucoma or macular degeneration, for example.

Some of the design principles are common to all, however: barrier-free access, rounding corners, a clear and easily understandable floor plan, good signage, accommodation for seeing-eye dogs, etc., to name a few.

For users who have not lost their sight all the way, there are a lot of design possibilities. You can distinguish different spaces by height, volume, and/or, level of reverberation. You can use bright colors versus dark colors; which are easily recognizable by those who are only partially impaired...

A good case study of a building designed with the visually impaired in mind is the international headquarters of Lighthouse International, an organization that helps people who are blind or partially sighted overcome the challenges of vision loss. A description of their building is on their website at:
Ozgur Basak Alkan
Architecture for the visually impaired
I am a student of School of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad (India). I am pursuing my research theses on architecture for blind.

Also as part of my final year project, I designed a School for Blind People. I did a 5 months research before I started the project and I think this research and project can be of a big help for architects working on senses other than vision.

The main aim of the project was to understand their senses and aura so that an architectural language for blind can be achieved and use the prototype in outside world. (To create disabled friendly buildings). will show you presentation of the project.

I am trying to find out the effect of senses on architecture. I will need to take 5 case studies on buildings specifically designed for people impaired of vision. It will be grateful if you can suggest me with any case studies regarding the same.

Thanking you,

Nikunj Choradiya
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Nikunj Choradiya
Architecture for the visually impaired
Hi Nikunj,

Thanks for your response. I would suggest a case study here. Its the NAB-Karnataka located in Bangalore. Although its not the perfect one it aims at and quiet user friendly.

The institute involves simple, logical planning with the use of local materials, variety in textures, and economical. Do visit it. All the best.
Rujuta Ranade
Architecture for the visually impaired
HEY,even my topic is school for blind...i need some case studies nd plans showing how architecture helps to blind people....nd any info on architecture and blindness or any email id is :
Riddhi thakker


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