Unable to see their designs or those produced by others, blind architects get more in touch with their other senses. As one says: ‘There is this great palette of textures.’
Reporting from San Francisco – The architects met on a damp October Saturday and set off to visit a modern New York landmark, the American Folk Art Museum.
The building is clad in lustrous bronze panels that shift in color as they catch the sun’s slow trek across the sky. Inside, a skylight shoots brilliant beams into a grand interior space.
But the two men hadn’t traveled to Midtown Manhattan to look at the structure’s famous features.
Instead, they slid their curious fingers along the pocked surface of the alloyed bronze facade. Inside, their hands explored a smooth, round railing of warm cherry wood, a counterpoint to the chilly glass panels of the main staircase. Their canes clicked along the intricate floor, sensing the shift from swaths of concrete to planks of Ruby Lake fir.
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