1303, Tactile City, 2015–18
Its medium is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljamnwgzd54&.
A video, two visual diagrams, and a tactile map and key present Tactile City, a proposal for a citywide tactile communication system. The system would use paving with different textures to indicate points of interest, such as a bus stop, a garbage can, a sign, or an entrance to a building. Tactile City also includes a solution for guiding pedestrians through construction sites. Tactile City is conceived as a standard system that could be learned. Tactile City was designed by Theodore Kofman and a team of students and alumni at The Cooper Union.
Project Instructor: Theodore Kofman; Students: Charlie Blanchard, Chris Taleff, Thomas Heyer, and Ratan Rai Sur; Alumni team: Emilie Gossiaux and WaI-Jee Ho; The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union (New York, New York, USA, founded 1859), with support from the New York City Department of Design and Construction
Video, 2:05 minutes
Urban construction sites generate pedestrian detours throughout New York City. A combination of braille graphics, ramped platforms, and motion-activated sound devices would signal the presence of short-term and long-term construction barriers, guiding pedestrians with information about the shape and duration of detours.
Tactile graphics by Touch Graphics
Listen to an audio recording of this text here.
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Senses: Design Beyond Vision.