Chalmers University of Technology / Hogeschool voor Wetenschap & Kunst - School of Architecture Sint-Lucas
Communicating (by) Design pages:227-235
Communicating (by) Design location:Brussels date:15-17 April 2009
One characteristic of architects’ design expertise is their visual way of knowing and working. While this characteristic tends to be valued as a unique quality that distinguishes design from both the sciences and the humanities, in architecture it presents some limitations as well. The inherent bias towards vision in traditional representations and communication increases the distance between designers’ space and occupants’ space, and results in a disappearance of other sensorial qualities. In an attempt to expand designers’ expertise, this paper advances disability as a potential resource to complement their visual way of knowing and working and, ultimately, to restore consideration of multi-sensory qualities in architecture. In doing so, it calls in the notion of expertise as differentiation and the cultural model of disability.