Transfering clarity – from deaf communication to spatial realms

[quick/dirty illu + mobile foto: Tom Bieling]

The guys from bsd+design have given an interesting thought about clarity on deaf communication, in this short post.

“…For example, in a meeting, those with the loudest voices do not automatically dominate the discourse.  Rather, meetings are handled much more diplomatically whereby if someone has something to say, they first raise their hand to get the attention of the ASL interpreter.  The simple act of raising the hand not only prevents people from talking over one another, but it allows those who are deaf to be able to know whom specifically the ASL interpreter is signing on behalf of. ”

In this context, bsd+design raises the question about the potential existing in traslating this need for communicative and visual clarity to the spatial and architectural realms. 

“What are the ramifications of clarity and comprehensibility to the architectural project?  How does this need for comprehension work?  Does the architecture teach?  Can a high level of architectural resolution, rigor and sophistication be easily legible by a deaf four year old?”

Well, DESIGNABILITIES would love to learn more about that…

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