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I am an architecture student designing for the blind

I am a fourth year architecture student and would like to speak or write to someone who can give me information, ideas, suggesstions, as to how to design a home for the blind. I am having a hard time finding information about home design for the blind due to the lack of interest showned by most architects. If anyone knows what they would like their home to be like (specially a blind person) please contact me via e-mail. I am wanting to design a home where technology aids the blind in their orientation and movement throughout the house or space. Thank you

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Re:I am leagally blind & have some experience.



I have experienced some of the problems a fully blind person might incure. Most, count steps on stairways(usually 13) hallways & distances to objects in the home & have them memorized. You have probably heard the expression "in my minds eye", you are able to draw & obtain a mental picture or map. I believe, the more concentict you make the layout the easier it would be to memorize. Walk aroud your place & count the steps you take & feel the walls for corners. When you think you have it in memory, put on a blind fold for a few days & you will find your own answers to your question.
I'd be glad to helpyou further if you would like more contact, my email address is wilstus@aol.com.


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



I too am desining a space for a blind person, more specifically my client is Stevie Wonder. I'm only a first year and having trouble I have to have a place that has an area to sleep, store, prepare and cook food, and a place to entertain one guess. I need help understanding how these daily experiences take place. Any information would be great.


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



feel free to email me @ dc_blind_03@hotmail.com


Annie


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



my name is kate,I am a third year graphic design student writing a dissertation about graphic design for the visually impaired. I wonder if any of our research would be similar. Feel free to email me at kate_greenstock@hotmail.co.uk
Good luck, the project sounds really interesting, what a shame more people are not keen to get on board


Re:I am not a achitechtural student but I am interested in your project.



I am a Information Technology student at Kaplan University and I was researching some ideas for my course which is to develop a Project Management Program for a message board for our school. Then I came upon your site and was amazed because of your challenge. I don't know how I can help or find some help but I am going to try. I am presently disabled or challenged because of an illness but I just returned to improve my education at 58 years old. So I can understand some of what challenges that are facing you. I am pleased to meet and email you, so hang in there and I will return in a couple of weeks of investigating. A friend! Michal


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



Same as Kate, above, I'm a graduate student in Miami, FL trying to research for my disseration in 'graphic design for the blind'. I think our topics are tough due to the limitation there is for the blind. We ARE the research for the future. Just keep seeking out and you'll find it. I struggling too. Good luck.

Evan


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



I'm a physics professor. I co-teach a course, along with a biologist colleague, on the biology and physics of vision. I've become very much interested in the spatial cognition (visualization?). So, I would be very much interested to learn what you've leaned and discuss with you some of my own ideas. Please e-mail me at malekis@union.edu


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



I am currently presented with the challenge of designing a home for a blind person. I am allowed to dream up the client and location for this project, but must stress the accomodation of a blind owner. I am having difficulty finding information in my university library, could you please help me find valuable resources on the lifestyle of a blind person?

mike - miami, fla


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



Mike

The link on the AFB website for Adapting Your Home is

http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=40&TopicI...

On the right hand sidebar you will find some links – Tips for the Bathroom and Tips for the Bedroom I think will be especially useful.

I don't know if your imaginary client is totally blind, legally blind or vision impared, but many low vision people benefit greatly fron increased lighting and color contrast.

It's difficult to answer your question about lifestyle because we and our lifestyles are very different. But the articles I mentioned should be helpful in determining adaptations for your client and the project.

Please share your results with us.


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



iam too designing for the blind and visually impaired...my subject is an entertainment center for them...which would have integrated living-learning-sharing environment for these people, where there would be training facilities, product displays, bookstores, display area exhibiting tactile paintings and sculpture, refreshment areas etc but iam finding it difficult to find information...if anyone can help...i would very much appreciate it....u can write to me at ushh_85@yahoo.co.in


I am an interior design student



Hi, my name is Maria and I'm an Interior Design student at the Art Institute of Atlanta. I'm interested in working for a design firm that specializes in designing for the blind. I was wondering if anyone could point me into the direction of a firm that does this. Thank you so much for your help and have a great day.

Please e-mail at mea834@yahoo.com


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



I am an 2nd year architecture student from the philippines, its so hard to get informations about home for the blind that my instructor give as a research work for our theory of architecture? can you give a specific information about it!!!!!!!!!!1


Re:I am an architecture student designing for apartment



I am fan. i am second year student. I want to information about apartment. thanks for your information.


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



Although many years have now passed, I was wondering if there's a possibility that you could forward the information you gathered for your assignment to me. I am also an architecture student and I have a similar assignment.

Could you please contact me:
kathleen.nel@iburst.co.za


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



Hello Everyone,

I am an interior design student and am also planning to design a building for the blind. Possibly it will be an entertainment centre. I would be very thankful if you could share with me your findings on the subject! I also want to write my dissertation on phenomenology of architecture and any help on that would be great too! my email: halschencja@gmail.com


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



hello everyone,
i am also an architecture student and designing an institute for the blind. could you guys e-mail me if you have anyfindings from your project please. it would be really helpfull
my e-mail is fziauci@yahoo.com


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



Hey everyone,
I'm an interior design student, like many others who have replied to the post. Currently I am working on my thesis which is a restaurant/culinary institute for the blind.
I was wondering if anyone could forward their information on to me - kanika.khosla@gmail.com
Would really appreciate it,

Thanks,
Kanika


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



Hi all! I am also a fourth year architecture student doing a project on designing for the blind, any information anyone could mail me would be greatly appreciated and helpful!Thanks a million, Jill! jill_mulcahy@hotmail.com


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



I am a fourth year product design student, and just as almost everyone else here, I am working on a project to develop a navigational product for blind elementary school children that helps them learn/practice Braille...tall order, but any information that anyone has would be helpful. Please email any info to mjruss@vt.edu. Thanks for your help.


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



hi all
i am an interior design student and i am planning to design an entertainment centre for blind which includes a cinema as well if u pls can help me with the information results from your researches because i have so much difficulties finding any. u can contact me on my e-mail: dndaaboul@gmail.com
thank u so much for ur help


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



Hello, we are also architecture students in 2nd year, and we also designing a house specifically for blind people. Any information, would be helpful. If you could send me the information, you have found or you have received, we would be very pleased!

Thank you, Ifigenia and Stella,University of Cyprus

email: lambrou.ifigenia@ucy.ac.cy


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



hey im a 3rd year student desiging a campus for visually impaired people. any information on the orientation and street layout and how the lighting can affect their direction would be of great help.
if you do have valuable information can you mail it to anishabreddy@gmail.com
thank you :)


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



hi i'm a 4th year in fine arts architecture departmenti'm from egypt my graduation project is a center that helps the blinds to learn and work in the center as well, so please if anyone advice me with the data i need or some codes i went to bib.alexandria but i hadn't find anything so..please help mee


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



Hi,
I'm studying landscape architecture and for my thesis I'm working on designing a public neighborhood park which is ideal for the blind. it's important for me to know what blind people expect from a small public recreational area? what's their idea of a perfect park?
anyone who's interested and can help, please contact me: nataly_ocean@yahoo.com


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



hi, im a 4th year Interior design student. like most people here, im looking at spaces for the visually impaired. my main focus is to design an exhibition for the blind. i know this was posted a while back but any and all information is welcomed and much appreciated. please contact on sukainakamani@gmail.com


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



hi, im a 3rd year Interior design student. like most people here, im looking at spaces for the visually impaired. my main focus is to design a home for a blind musician. Any information is welcomed and much appreciated. my email; anum_usman@hotmail.com


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



Hi! Like most of you guys-I'm also a student. 3rd year Interior design and I'm searching for information on designing a school for the blind. any information would be gladly appreciated. I need the info for my 4th year thesis.


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



i'm a 3rd year interior design student. now i'm working on spa design. it is a reflexology spa and it is operated by blind people. can i get anything that can help me for my design.

soleh_13@yahoo.com

thank you.


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



i too m an architecture student in my final year.presently m finding some good net or book case studies of a blind home to support my thesis.any information or assignment done on the related topic could be of great help.u can email me at muniradalal@hotmail.com...thank you


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



Hi there everyone, I am designing a residence for the visually impaired as well. Could someone point in the direction of research done on housing for the visually impaired and what factors to consider when designing a residence? I am in the proposal and research stage now, so any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks-har62910@ucmo.edu is my email.


Re:I am an architecture student designing for the blind



Hello,

I am an architectural student working on a project aiming to create buildings (houses) which are friendly towards blind people.

Please if you have any information could be very helpful
artemis_doupa@hotmail.com




Re:I am an interior designer using Universal Design



The most helpful solution to Design students is to become knowledgeable in Universal Design. It's premise is inclusive and its implementation aids everyone in the home, including people with visual problems.


Re: I am an architecture student designing for the blind



I would like my house designed to be underground which would keep it at a more pleasant temperature and make it more quiet.
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Re: I am an architecture student designing for the blind



hello ...!
this is pasha ,I am a fourth year architecture student at NED University,Karachi Pakistan.... and actually this is my thesis year so i want to do something or make sumthing for the blind.. like a home or sum thing else so in that case i want research from the people still working on this or else who worked on it...please share it with me i need it to move forward on that track plz give suggestion and assist me on that project about the design, information, research etc..
n what do u think technology can reduce the difference of blind & the normal person...?
feel free to contact me any time at wepasha@hotmail.com &
Thank you


Re: I am an architecture student designing for the blind



Hi, i know it is several years after this was originally posted, but i am a third year interior design student and i am currently designing a residential property for a blind person, as well as writing my dissertation on how design can help the blind and visually impaired. i am really struggling to find information for my dissertation essay. I have managed to find tips and guidelines but i need existing designs, case studies, examples etc of interiors or buildings that have been designed specifically for visually impaired users.

If you or anyone managed to find any examples or case studies please contact me at bryony.davies@hotmail.com.

Thank you,

Bryony


Re: I am an architecture student designing for the blind



Hi guys.Even i m designing space for blind people.During my research ,I was shocked to no that not a single building in India is design as per norms for handicapped(specially visual).so pls anybody want to share the info or experience or any suggestion can share with me .my id is anisharaut.19@gmail.com.


Re: I am an architecture student designing for the blind



I would be very interested in knowing what some of the solutions have been to designing a home for a blind person. There are many things to consider. I am wondering about the integration of technology to make things even easier. Vocal commands for lights and other technologies.


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