Archinect - News 2015-07-30T21:21:55-04:00 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/124665842/los-angeles-has-created-the-perfect-parking-sign Los Angeles has Created the Perfect Parking Sign DianePham 2015-04-06T15:11:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T21:27:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o0/o0l58rqxpyo880q6.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the quest to make parking suck less, there are apps that help you find a space, and meters where you can pay with a swipe of your credit card. But LA has launched a simple, low-tech solution to make parking better: Well-designed signage that offers no ambiguity whatsoever when it comes to where you can park, when you can park there, and how much it will cost.</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/101170641/signs-from-the-near-future Signs from the near future Paul Petrunia 2014-06-05T14:44:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:30:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/apbqnvs36t08hjr2.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://signsfromthenearfuture.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A new Tumblr</a> showcases predictions of signage in our future.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84214772/what-do-pedestrian-traffic-icons-say-about-your-culture What Do Pedestrian Traffic Icons Say About Your Culture? Archinect 2013-10-15T14:03:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T20:23:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/70d196f5e9d27ebb3091a404a9a1b032.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the sparsely dotted Chinese walking man to the top-hat-wearing, cane-bearing Dane, almost a hundred &ldquo;walking men&rdquo; are displayed life-size on banners that line the sidewalk. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s important to me that they are on human scale because they really represent us,&rdquo; said Ms. Barkai. Only rarely are the icons depicted as women, she noted. Of the hundreds of images in her collection, Ms. Barkai has only &ldquo;about six or seven women, mostly from European countries.&rdquo;</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/76626689/editor-s-picks-323 Editor's Picks #323 Nam Henderson 2013-07-09T12:56:00-04:00 >2013-07-09T13:42:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7n/7nh73bqhz9jmvdjo.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> <br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76257599/epiphanies-from-frank-gehry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benjamin Paulker interviewed Frank Gehry for Foreign Policy</a>&nbsp;regarding his first project in the Arab World.&nbsp;<strong>sameolddoctor</strong> was amused "<em>It is funny that Gehry thinks of himself as a humanitarian</em>"&nbsp;but <strong>pvbeeber</strong> wondered "<em>Not sure why everyone is giving him such a hard time.&nbsp; What other architects working in the Middle East would hire a human rights lawyer to make sure that workers are treated fairly?&nbsp; Gehry's also one of the few starchitects who bothers to pay his interns</em>".</p> <p> <strong>citizen</strong> took exception to the "<em>Epiphanies from Frank Gehry</em>" title "<em>I'm not giving FOG a hard time.&nbsp; Bully for him...I'm giving the Archinect editors --with whom I generally concur, but who often title these little pieces ridiculously-- the hard time</em>". However as <a href="http://archinect.com/ryangriffin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryan Griffin</a>&nbsp;noted "<em>citizen.... the title given to this page is the title of the article to which it is referring...</em>"</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76247749/la-times-christopher-hawthorne-calls-moca-s-revamped-architecture-show-a-model-of-insularity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne&nbsp;</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76247749/la-times-christopher-hawthorne-calls-moca-s-revamped-architecture-show-a-model-of-insularity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviewed the new architecture exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art</a> - concluding "<em>When architects de...</em></p> 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>