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id cf2013_159
authors Celani, Gabriela; Vilson Zattera, Marcelo Fernandes de Oliveira, and Jorge Vicente Lopes da Silva
year 2013
title “Seeing” with the Hands: Teaching Architecture for the Visually-Impaired with Digitally-Fabricated Scale Models
source Global Design and Local Materialization[Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Futures / ISBN 978-3-642-38973-3] Shanghai, China, July 3-5, 2013, pp. 159-166.
summary Accessibility of information for the visually-impaired has greatly benefited from information and communication technologies (ICT’s) in the past decades. However, the interpretation of images by the blind still represents a challenge. Bidimensional representations can be understood by those who have seen at least sometime in their lives but they are too abstract for those with congenital blindness, for whom three-dimensional representations are more effective, especially during the conceptualization phase, when children are still forming mental images of the world. Ideally, educators who work with the visually-impaired should be able to produce custom 3D models as they are needed for the explanation of concepts. This paper presents an undergoing project that aims at developing a protocol for making 3D technologies technically and economically available to them.
keywords Tactile models, rapid prototyping, architectural concepts
series CAAD Futures
email celani@fec.unicamp.br
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