Archinect - News 2015-09-02T04:57:14-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/131271816/chris-downey-on-designing-inclusive-multisensory-environments-for-the-visually-impaired Chris Downey on designing inclusive "multisensory" environments for the visually impaired Justine Testado 2015-07-06T18:40:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T21:08:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kg/kgvnsfo3sza0w6gs.jpg" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many people view GPS and similar emerging interior-wayfnding technologies as a way to 'solve the blind wayfnding challenge.'...Architects still need to be better multisensory placemakers to design and create effective environments for the blind and visually impaired.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Chris Downey, whose story as a blind practicing architect was recently documented in the AIA's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127593879/aia-launches-second-video-in-look-up-campaign-featuring-a-blind-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Look Up" campaign</a> this past May, dishes in on his own experiences with embossing printers, wayfinding devices, and graphic input tools, and other emerging technologies that have the potential to vastly improve how architects&nbsp;&mdash; both visually impaired or not&nbsp;&mdash; will work. However, he also warns about relying too much on those technologies and that architects must uphold the responsibility of designing effective environments that are accessible to everyone of all abilities.</p><p>Previously:</p><p><a title='AIA launches second video in "Look Up" campaign featuring a blind architect' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127593879/aia-launches-second-video-in-look-up-campaign-featuring-a-blind-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA launches second video in "Look Up" campaign featuring a blind architect</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129718687/arnold-schwarzenegger-voices-waze-app Arnold Schwarzenegger voices Waze app Nicholas Korody 2015-06-16T16:15:00-04:00 >2015-06-17T09:12:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dl/dl594mhzcdlp9x85.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Starting Monday, drivers around the world could soon be directed by a familiar Austrian-accented voice telling them: "I'm a Terminator Cyberdyne Systems Model 101, and you're coming with me." It's Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor and former California governor, who is lending his persona as the famed Terminator from the movie franchise to the community-based traffic and navigation app Waze.</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/126484701/further-strides-made-in-nobel-winning-research-on-the-neuroscience-of-navigation Further strides made in Nobel-winning research on the neuroscience of navigation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-30T14:57:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:14:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/84/84c1562ca9519dff55e65f04fc43f04c.jpg" width="514" height="277" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Place cells, which fire when the brain recognizes a corresponding geographical landmark (like your house, or the Space Needle) [offer] a two-dimensional map of familiar environments [...] Grid cells ... are not tied to particular places &mdash; but are adjusted as needed to mark off the space around us [...] Now, researchers from University College London have shown how grid cells help us combine mental maps, joining rooms into a house, blocks into a neighborhood and neighborhoods into a city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Some background on the Nobel Prize-winning medical research can be found here:&nbsp;<a title="Nobel Prize in Medicine Is Awarded to Three Who Discovered Brain&rsquo;s &lsquo;Inner GPS&rsquo;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110716179/nobel-prize-in-medicine-is-awarded-to-three-who-discovered-brain-s-inner-gps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nobel Prize in Medicine Is Awarded to Three Who Discovered Brain&rsquo;s &lsquo;Inner GPS&rsquo;</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110716179/nobel-prize-in-medicine-is-awarded-to-three-who-discovered-brain-s-inner-gps Nobel Prize in Medicine Is Awarded to Three Who Discovered Brain’s ‘Inner GPS’ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-07T13:15:00-04:00 >2014-10-16T00:03:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ho/hovky45lv8w6kpta.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The three scientists&rsquo; discoveries &ldquo;have solved a problem that has occupied philosophers and scientists for centuries &mdash; how does the brain create a map of the space surrounding us and how can we navigate our way through a complex environment?&rdquo; said the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, which chooses the laureates. The positioning system they discovered helps us know where we are, find our way from place to place and store the information for the next time</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in 1971, John O'Keefe identified "place cells" in the brain &ndash; neurons that were selectively activated in relation to the subject's place in an environment. He concluded these nerves were composing a mental map of the space, and the collection of multiple place cells constituted a spatial memory of the environment.</p><p>Then in 2005, May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser identified another group of nerve cells, the so-called "grid cells", that create a coordinate system in the brain. Together, place cells and grid cells create a precise understanding of space in the brain, allowing for navigation and spatial memory.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93382204/labeling-the-city-ghana-s-initiative-to-name-its-streets Labeling the city: Ghana's initiative to name its streets Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-11T15:14:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T17:52:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7s/7sqrc4oeubwcn2v2.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a city with no addresses, it&rsquo;s difficult for local authorities to tax property. And without tax revenues, it&rsquo;s difficult to upgrade infrastructure and services in the slums [...] To fix these problems, Ghana is on a national quest to name its city streets. [...] Giving names to streets is only a means to an end. The real problem cities are trying to solve is service delivery. When properties have actual addresses and those addresses reside in databases, all kinds of things become possible.</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/60972125/macy-s-introduces-indoor-gps-navigation Macy's introduces indoor GPS navigation Paul Petrunia 2012-11-08T11:28:00-05:00 >2012-11-13T12:20:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fc/fce31d2da374258d8f105a00db60b8f5.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Macy&rsquo;s has added a new feature to its iPhone app that provides indoor turn-by-turn directions for its massive flagship location in New York City&rsquo;s Herald Square, courtesy of Meridian, the software startup behind an indoor GPS platform.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Is indoor GPS navigation the new wayfinding?</p> <p> <em>Since launching last year, <a href="http://mashable.com/2011/03/22/meridian/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meridian</a> has worked with a handful of prominent institutions to build indoor mapping systems from the ground up, including the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Venetian hotel and casino in Las Vegas. The service uses a unique combination of GPS and WiFi data to pinpoint the precise location of the smartphone user indoors. By opening up its SDK to developers, Meridian should see plenty more locations incorporate this technology.</em></p>