Archinect - News 2014-11-23T08:36:07-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/114041818/3d-soundscape-can-guide-blind-people-through-cities “3D Soundscape” Can Guide Blind People Through Cities Alexander Walter 2014-11-19T15:19:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T15:23:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/8567791cf6ea8c90ac21e9605a4815de.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Enter Cities Unlocked, a project intended to help people with sight loss navigate cities. The brainchild of a blind Microsoft employee, it uses GPS, a 3D audio headset, and Bluetooth beacons, among other technologies. [...] &ldquo;I&rsquo;m a blind person, I need to keep my ears open,&rdquo; she says. The headset uses bone-conducting technology, in which vibrations create a &ldquo;3D soundscape&rdquo; around the user.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88755037/parsons-and-the-met-team-up-to-increase-accessibility-for-disabled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parsons and the Met team up to increase accessibility for disabled</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113421877/designing-for-seniors-and-soldiers-toward-a-silver-architecture Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-11-11T14:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T14:25:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1b6c9e0aa9f2a0aa53b9113e615aa047.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a recent opinion piece in The New York Times, geriatrician Louise Aronson advocated for a new type of building, one designed with an aging population in mind, which, she suggests, might be dubbed &ldquo;silver&rdquo; architecture. [...] It being Veterans Day, this article got me thinking about architect Michael Graves, who recently designed a pair of houses for returning soldiers that follow through on many of Aronson&rsquo;s suggested parameters for silver design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106094912/how-a-blind-architect-reframes-design How a Blind Architect Reframes Design Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-08T14:11:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T22:34:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c3/c322ea8f17f3d2bbd91f5af047842c8e.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Downey needed something tactile to work with, and he found it in a kids' toy. Spread out before him on the table are stacks of embossed plans ... marked up with brightly colored wax sticks. [...] The sticks warm to the touch and bend easily; they can make precise angles, and&mdash;crucially for Downey&mdash;their tackiness makes them stick to paper. "Once I realized that, I thought, 'Oh, I could use that to draw on top of an embossed drawing.'" Suddenly, he had a way not just to read, but to make.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously, the <em>LA Times</em>&nbsp;profiled Downey and his firm:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98959072/blind-architect-sports-an-upbeat-vision" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blind architect sports an upbeat vision</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98959072/blind-architect-sports-an-upbeat-vision Blind architect sports an upbeat vision Alexander Walter 2014-04-30T14:05:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T23:17:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/fa6c9b0fd96c47204367e6d62b0d8750.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Blind architect Chris Downey says that city planners and property owners should view future construction projects through a different set of eyes. [...] Downey, 51, of Piedmont, Calif., lost his eyesight six years ago after undergoing surgery for a non-cancerous brain tumor. Since then, he has maintained his San Francisco architectural practice. "I have a career without sight. But as an architect, I still have vision," he said with a grin. "The creative process is a mental process."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/57499569/editor-s-picks-282 Editor's Picks #282 Nam Henderson 2012-09-18T11:58:00-04:00 >2012-09-18T12:49:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rb/rblnhojknks6zrbx.jpg" width="365" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The NYT reported that Pedro E. Guerrero, a former art school dropout , died on Thursday at his home in Florence, Ariz. w. wynne A.I.A. offered up the following "Pedro has a wonderful book about his photographic work, and I am sadden to hear of his death. Mr. Wright called him &lsquo;Peter&rsquo;, but the story of his life with FLW is very nice and interesting account of the middle career of Mr. Wright."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> <br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/57281940/pedro-guerrero-flw-s-photographer-dies-at-95" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NYT reported</a>&nbsp;that Pedro E. Guerrero, a former art school dropout who showed up in the dusty Arizona driveway of Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939, boldly declared himself a photographer and then spent the next half-century working closely with him, capturing his modernist architecture on film, died on Thursday at his home in Florence, Ariz.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/55179150/w-wynne-a-i-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">w. wynne A.I.A.</a>&nbsp;offered up the following "<em>Pedro has a wonderful book about his photographic work, and I am sadden to hear of his death. Mr. Wright called him &lsquo;Peter&rsquo;, but the story of his life with FLW is very nice and interesting account of the middle career of Mr. Wright.</em>"</p> <p> Bustler announced that <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/57078712/new-york-architect-deborah-berke-selected-for-berkeley-rupp-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architect Deborah Berke, founder of New York City-based firm Deborah Berke Partners, was selected as the first recipient of UC Berkeley&rsquo;s College of Environmental Design (CED) inaugural 2012 Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/aaron-willette" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Willette</a>&nbsp;commented "<em>I had the pleasure of working with Deborah at Ghost 10, and to nobody's surpri...</em></p>