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A House for the Senses

When Apr 02, 2004
from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library
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CAMILLA RYHL

 

Architect MAA, Ph.D.

Camilla Ryhl holds both a Masters degree and a Ph.D. degree in Architecture from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, and is currently an Ed Roberts Postdoctoral Fellow in the Disability Studies Program at UC Berkeley, where she was also a Fulbright Scholar in 2000-2001. She is specialized in accessible housing, Universal Design and in particular design for people with sensory impairments. Her strong involvement in the Universal Design movement includes among others serving as a member of the international jury for the Universal Design Student Competition 2004 and teaching Universal Design in Architecture, in the School of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley.

A House for the Senses

In our time and culture vision plays a dominant role in all levels of perception, also in regards to architecture. Vision is given priority in both planning and design of our environment as well as in writings and criticism of architecture and architectural quality. Although in reality all of our senses are contributing to our perception and experience of architecture, and all the senses and means of stimulating and challenging them should therefore be integrated in our architectural design.

Aknowledging the importance of all our senses in our experience of architecture, gives rise to the question of how a disability of the senses may influence our architectural experience? How is it possible to assure everyone access to the experience of architectural quality, and is it relevant to bring the matter of "accessibility" a step further to include the issues that rise beyond the goal of physical access? The lecture will try to answer these questions and present the results of my research on housing design for people with a visual or hearing impairment.