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DeafSpace: Architecture And The Deaf Community

At first glance, little sets Gallaudet University's newest dormitory apart from new construction projects on other campuses. But look a little closer, and you begin to notice subtle design features that make it easier for deaf students to communicate visually: better natural lighting, wider corridors and surfaces that minimize distracting vibrations. We examine the new architectural framework of "DeafSpace," how design elements in buildings can be manipulated to make built environments more accessible.

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The Living and Learning Residence Hall 6 is Gallaudet University's newest DeafSpace building, residence hall and collaboration space. Sorenson Language and Communication Center opened in 2008 and is the first DeafSpace building on campus. All photos courtesy Gallaudet University. Renderings courtesy LTL Architects / Quinn Evans Architects.

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