Chris Downey explains it like this, “Beethoven continued to write music, even some of his best music, after he lost his hearing…What’s more preposterous, composing music you can’t hear, or designing architecture you can’t see?” Chris Downey had been an … Continue reading →
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This is ninety nine percent, invisible, I'm roman Mars Beethoven continued to write music and rose from his best music after he lost his hearing, so he could hear is music at all. He could only here that construction in his mind and as architects, we have all sorts of different ways of experiencing architecture, both in its built form in its creation through tangle drawings and models. Besides our own mental constructions, so Cristiani asks me what's more preposterous, composing music, he can't hear or designing architect You can't see my name is Chris Downey, I'm an architect in case you haven't guessed it yet he's a blind architect. Chris Downey lost his sight about three years ago. After being an architect for nearly two decades.
There wasn't any book out there on how to be a blind architect, so really the best thing to do. It is just to get out there and try, and once I did that quickly realize that there are ways to perceive and understand drawings and design, both in two dimensional form and in three dimensional form and their in a number of ways to react to events it created just like anybody else deleting he couldn't do ultimately with translate these physical models and he can make by hand into data that he can input into a computer design programme. But hey, that's not all bad. I frankly is gonna. Nice have an excuse not to have to be the production. Guy get asked that and focus on where it can really deliver value. It started finding other pretty well after them. The key is funding the right tools, in this case computers that talking in the fast. So that's the following the print
I can slow down our throats slower. I know many have left their one hundred fifty copyright there. There may be easier rate the here. If you had listened than all day long. That's how fast the ATM machines are when you go and listen to those to have your non visual access to, and it takes so long to get to what you need to do. You gotta be faster learning like speedily and other key tool is an embarrassing printer that makes a raised Braille dot version of the architectural plans that he's working. I, unlike cited architect that can get a bird's eye view of an architectural plan when downy runs his fingers.
Where the embossed printed page. He experiences the plan more like an actual persons travelling through the building would as a sequence of vignettes. When you do that, then you have a better chance of really put your in that space. In thinking about everything that's happening when you move through there is the typical sensory experience, the environment around us. Eighty percent.
Is visually when your brain is an overloaded with the visual information. The other twenty percent becomes a lot more important, and this allows for a new appreciation for certain buildings like, for example, a much heated old San Francisco bus terminal, transmit terminals coming down and that old space that once there it was not a particularly delightful place visually. It was a horrific place. Olfactory experience was pretty miserable to attended to smell like urine, but I was lucky enough to have lost my sight and my smell, so it didn't look bad and it didn't smell bad and the her there. A lot of these long ramps incline planes if you're blind our great, because all of a sudden you get direction shouting out of gravity, regardless of whichever way you're gone up or down we're goin up till you can get a strong sense of going straight up
as opposed to sort of going off on an angle in coming down here, to make like a drop of water and just follow gravity, so those are actually kind of fun spaces to have. You ever wondered what it would take to love the Old Trans Bay Terminal being blind And having no sense of smell seems do the trick. Something often talk about this further, the touch of the building where we actually reach out and grab, whether to door handle or a railing earthplace to lean against our place to sit down if those places offer the warmth a comfortable touch, something that acknowledges the presence of the body? Besides the agenda of the eyes, how can you think about the material or the form in a way tat gives you that handshake? Just like the give somebody a handshake, there's a lot, that's communicated through a handshake So, what's the handshake at the building, what are you saying that handshake, when a more about Chris Downy had ninety nine percent, invisible dot org, while noting
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