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Title: Designerly Ways of Not Knowing: What Designers Can Learn about Space from People Who are Blind
Authors: Heylighen, Ann
Herssens, Jasmien
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: Journal of Urban Design, 19 (3), p. 317-332
Abstract: This paper sets out to demonstrate that architects' and other designers' visual ways of knowing may come with a considerable risk. They risk favouring visual qualities over non-visual qualities, but also cognition over embodiment in how space is understood and conceived. Their designerly ways of knowing thus may as well be viewed as designerly ways of not knowing—of disregarding the bodily experience of the built environment. This disregard becomes especially clear when considering the spatial experience of persons who are blind, as they are able to appreciate sounds, smells or haptic qualities designers may not be attuned to. Although the paper focuses on design in architecture, it points out that the underlying rationale may be relevant for other design domains as well, including urban design.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/17923
Link to publication: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13574809.2014.890042#.VH41o_nF81Y
DOI: 10.1080/13574809.2014.890042
ISSN: 1357-4809
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: vabb, 2016
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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