Hansel Bauman (hbhm architects) in conjunction with ASL Deaf Studies Department, Gallaudet University.
Publication date: 2005
In their words:
“Our built environment, largely constructed by and for hearing individuals, presents a variety of surprising challenges to which deaf people have responded with a particular way of altering their surroundings to fit their unique ways-of-being. This approach is often referred to as DeafSpace.”
The DSP developed the DeafSpace Guidelines, compiling a catalogue of over one hundred and fifty distinct DeafSpace architectural design elements that address the five major touch points between deaf experiences and the built environment:
- space and proximity,
- sensory reach,
- mobility and proximity,
- light and color, and finally
They work towards achieving the idea of community building, visual language, the promotion of personal safety and well-being.
More information and updates are available at:
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