Architecture Beyond Sight, with Chris Downey and Duncan Meerding
23 July 2019, 6:30 pm–9:00 pm
A public lecture with talks from internationally renowned blind designers, Chris Downey and Duncan Meerding.
This event is free.
The Bartlett School of Architecture02031087337
G.1222 Gordon StreetLondonWC1H 0QBUnited Kingdom
San Francisco-based architect Chris Downey, and lighting and design-maker Duncan Meerding from Tasmania, discuss examples of their work and how starting from a place of difference can be richly innovative and creative for designers. The talks will be followed by drinks and snacks.
The Architecture Beyond Sight (ABS)
The project was commissioned by Professor Alan Penn, Dean of The Bartlett Faculty, to explore ways of challenging what he calls architecture’s ‘visual fixation’. ABS offers a radical alternative to architecture’s visual bias, by working with blind and partially sighted people to rethink design and representational methods, and creating built spaces that respond to all the senses.
In collaboration with The DisOrdinary Architecture Project, The Bartlett is developing and testing a foundation course for blind and visually impaired people who want to study architecture and related creative subjects. The course will be led by blind and partially sighted architects, crafts people and artists, and there will be a pilot study week with 16 blind and partially sighted students from 22 – 26 July 2019.
For information about access requirements please email Rachel Tyler at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Assistance dogs are welcome at this event.
Image: Chris Downey, working on a project for the Blind Rehabilitation Center. Wax stick sketch on embossed section drawing of lobby Bridge. Photography by Don Fogg.