Designing Architecture For The Deaf

Designing Architecture For The Deaf

At Gallaudet University, the DeafSpace Project is redesigning buildings based on the ways that deaf people perceive and interact with the world. It has conceived 150 design elements within this mission, which range from wide hallways for ease of side-by-side signing, to transparent elevators that allow for far-reaching range of vision. The project seeks to build new spaces corresponding to parts of the deaf experience that have long existed, creating areas where deaf people can communicate comfortably and highlight a culture that has long been marginalized.


Key Facts In This Video

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    U-shaped sitting configurations in lecture rooms allow deaf classmates to easily interact with each other. (1:33)

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    Because stairs require visual attention and would make signing conversations difficult, DeafSpace often incorporates ramps instead. (2:13)

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    Blues and greens contrast with skin tones and reduce eye strain for better signing communication. (2:59)

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