Journal of Urban Design vol:19 issue:3 pages:285-301
This article sets out to demonstrate that architects’ and other designers’ visual ways of knowing may come with a considerable risk. It risks to favour 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 article focuses on design in architecture, it points out that the underlying rationale may be relevant for other design domains as well, including urban design.