In the bsd project on designing adaptive environments, the project team base some of their architectural planning thoughts on language and sound communicated at multiple scales. These scales range from the smallest of finger movements or the slight movement of the lip line to the larger movements that are choreographed within the environment on a daily basis.
In this context, the project team reaches back on a quote taken from David Wright’s “DEAFNESS: An Autobiography” *, referring to non-deaf people, can easily immerse ourselves in the deaf experience by understanding the sensorial shift experienced when one person’s sense of hearing is hindered. Wright explaines that “something as simple as a subtle breeze that disrupts a once static setting allows a deaf person to interpretate sight as sound. As the breeze moves it gathers leaves and disrupts the daily activities of the forest creatures exposing a world of noise as a world of movement and particpatory interaction.”
We agree with the bsd project team claiming from a conceptual standpoint that Architecture has the ability to become a catalyst for this type of seeing enviroment.
* “DEAFNESS: An Autobiography”:
Perenial, 1994: ISBN 9-78-00609-7616-3