Accessibility and sensory experiences: designing dwellings for visually and hearing imparied

Camilla Ryhl

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    This article introduces a new design concept; sensory accessibility. While acknowledging the importance of sensory experiences in architectural quality, as well as the importance of accommodating user needs the concept combines three equally important factors; architecture, the senses and accessibility. Sensory accessibility accommodates aspects of a sensory disability and describes architectural design requirements needed to ensure access to architectural experiences.
    In the context of architecture accessibility has become a design concept of its own. It is generally described as ensuring physical access to the built environment by accommodating physical disabilities. While the existing concept of accessibility ensures the physical access of everyone to a given space, sensory accessibility ensures the choice of everyone to stay and be able to participate and experience.
    TidsskriftNordic Journal of Architectural Research
    Udgave nummer1/2
    Sider (fra-til)109-122
    Antal sider14
    StatusUdgivet - 2010