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A+C 11: Acoustic Wayfinding for the Blind (2 MCE/HSWs)

AIA San Francisco

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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To successfully navigate around the city and through buildings, the blind and visuallyimpaired largely rely on the recognition of particular sounds or soundscapes which can be associated with a site or location within a building. Christopher Downey, an architect who lost his sight in 2008, will lead a tour detailing the experience of how the blind navigate streets and buildings and explain the challenges they encounter. Joshua Cushner of Arup will lead a discussion on key design principles and concepts used to create acoustic markers in buildings and outdoor environments. Attendees will then be grouped in teams to develop plans and strategies for implementing an Acoustic Wayfinding system for a particular building. The evening concludes with a discussion to share findings, generate ideas, analyze potential barriers and assess acoustic wayfindings’ overall relationship to universal design principles.

Program led by Christopher Downey, AIA and Joshua Cushner of Arup.

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560 Mission Street, 7th Floor
San Francisco

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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AIA San Francisco

Serving the Bay Area for more than a century, the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter (AIA San Francisco) offers professional development and networking opportunities as well as public forums, tours, lectures, and gallery exhibitions that provide architects and design enthusiasts with many opportunities to explore the local built environment.

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