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Chris Downey on Tactile Architecture

Chris Downey on Tactile Architecture

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“The idea of simplicity for the sake of mental clarity can actually be created even within a complex space by having an orthogonal way of moving through that space. Even a Frank Gehry design can have an orthogonal footprint within it. I’d love to visit his museum in Bilbao. It could be a fascinating building to hear or to sense… virtual reality is all about being “somewhere else,” but architecture is about being where you are – that’s what I’m really interested in doing.”

– Chris Downey, Architect

Monday, December 20, 2010 | | Add a Comment

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Chris Downey on Architecture for the Blind

Chris Downey on Architecture for the Blind

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“When I lost my vision, the first thing I had to learn was non-visual coping skills. Rehabilitation teaches you about things like how to travel on mass transit, but there was no training on how to be a blind architect. But why not? After all, Beethoven wrote some of his best music after going deaf. We’re not shut out of architecture.”

- Chris Downey, Architect

Monday, December 13, 2010 | | Add a Comment

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