Blind Spots: Multisensory Placemaking for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Explore how you can go beyond mere compliance with ADA codes to address the opportunities—not just the challenges—of the visually impaired.
Using the new 40,000 GSF LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco as an example, this session will address issues related to acoustics, lighting, and technology. You'll also explore general strategies for visual and nonvisual design.
While complying with ADA codes is necessary, you have the opportunity to produce designs that are not overtly adaptive or condescending. By attending this session, you'll discover how to give all users of your spaces—particularly the blind and visually impaired—a sense of delight.
- Understand visual accessibility and how you can maximize visual acuity with lighting design, contrast, and strategic multisensory finish pallets.
- Learn how to work with acoustic design to support nonvisual wayfinding and speech intelligibility, and to animate community.
- Know how and when to use the expertise of consultants and strategic user groups to create successful, creative, and integrated solutions for visual accessibility and universal design.
- Leverage nonvisual design strategies to increase social and broad lifespan inclusion while enriching the experience for all.
Founding Principal/Lead Designer
Mark Cavagnero AssociatesMark’s work at Mark Cavagnero Associates has garnered over 100 design awards from local to...
President / Architecture for the BlindSince losing sight in 2008, Chris has infused his 20 years of sighted architectural practice with...
Executive Vice Present / Managing Principal
Auerbach Glasow FrenchPatricia Glasow, managing principal of Auerbach Glasow French, has designed hundreds of lighting...
Designer of Acoustic and Digital Space / ArupShane is a designer of acoustic and digital space with Arup in San Francisco. He offers expertise...