A Royal College of Art researcher harnesses digital technology to provide wayfinding solutions for the visually impaired.
New technologies such as RFID tags, Quick Response codes, and Wi-fi routers are dramatically altering wayfinding solutions for the sighted, but digital wayfinding tools for the visually impaired have been slower to develop.
David Sweeney, a research associate with London’s Royal College of Art, is changing all that.
In the age of knowledge, architecture is the storyteller.
The year was 1969. In what he called an “Unwarranted Apology” for the discipline, architectural theorist Reyner Banham argued that while technological advances have often dictated innovation, architecture has often been late to adapt. His revelation, so obvious today by 21st century standards, was that mechanical engineering and architectural design cannot be separated.
From the SEGD archives, a new era of public art is collaborative, viral, and above all participatory.
Traditional public art is an interesting contradiction in terms—one that often has very little to do with the public, says Andrew Shoben, founder of Greyworld, a London-based artists’ group that creates installations in public spaces.
Fabric structures, the once and always lightweight workhorse, create a limitless design dimension.
Twenty years ago, the phrase “fabric architecture” referred to an outdoor tent or restaurant awning. Today, an ever-expanding palette of materials and vastly improved structural, lighting, and graphic technologies allow fabrics to escape the awning and take on new roles: multimedia canvas, iconic sculpture, branded totem, and architectural skin, just to name a few.
This event component of Nike's largest ever marketing initiative evolved over years to represent an environmental, interactive, branded experience charged with bringing to life kids' passion for football and the brand through authentic athletic participation. Nike launched the Secret Tournament campaign to promote Nike Football with 24 elite football players, eight teams, and one rule – first goal wins! The scorpion became the symbol for these underground tournaments focusing on speed and creativity, with an emphasis on making every touch count.
Wayfinding solutions for people with low vision have yet to take full advantage of emerging technologies. David Sweeney, a research associate at London’s Royal College of Art, investigated tools that could improve wayfinding experiences for visually impaired users and provide them with the luxury of choice and exploration while navigating. But while Sweeney’s research focused on the visually impaired, it also has implications for helping all users navigate public spaces and manage complex information about the built environment.
David Sweeney, Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre