Free

Architecture Beyond Sight: Talk with Chris Downey and Duncan Meerding

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Room G.12, The Bartlett School of Architecture

22 Gordon Street

London

WC1H 0QB

United Kingdom

View Map

Event description

Description

In this joint public lecture we hear from internationally renowned blind designers, San Francisco based architect Chris Downey, and lighting and furniture maker Duncan Meerding from Tasmania.

Each speaking for 30 minutes, they will talk about examples of their work, and how starting from difference can be richly innovative and creative for designers. Their creative practices are both deeply informed by the different ways of being in the world that blindness brings.

The Architecture Beyond Sight (ABS) project, commissioned by Bartlett Dean Prof. Alan Penn, explores how to challenge what he calls architecture’s ‘visual fixation’. By working with blind and partially sighted people to rethink design and representational methods, and to create built spaces responsive to all the senses, ABS offers a radical alternative to architecture’s visual bias. In collaboration with The DisOrdinary Architecture Project, The Bartlett is developing and testing a foundation course for blind and visually impaired people who want to study architecture and related creative subjects. This is being led by blind and partially sighted architects, craftspeople and artists, who are currently developing and running a pilot study week, with 16 blind and partially sighted students, from 22nd-26th July 2019 at The Bartlett School of Architecture.

The talks will be followed by drinks and snacks.

Access: Information about access requirements please email Rachel Tyler rachel.tyler.16@ucl.ac.uk


Image: Chris Downey working on a project for Blind Rehabilitation Center. Wax stick sketch on embossed section drawing of lobby Bridge. Photography by Don Fogg.

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Room G.12, The Bartlett School of Architecture

22 Gordon Street

London

WC1H 0QB

United Kingdom

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved