How Gallaudet University's Architects Are Redefining Deaf Space

 

From Curbed.com

 Image description: An image of a room at Gallaudet University, where the couches and chairs are arranged to make it easier for Deaf students who naturally sit in circles when signing.

The world’s only liberal arts institution for the Deaf creates an architectural movement

Excerpt: The DeafSpace philosophy rests on five basic principles. The first is space and proximity. Deaf individuals often initiate communication with eye contact and need to maintain it over the course of a conversation. Facial expressions are important in ASL. So are body movements; to be able to sign comfortably, a person needs adequate space—more than is typically required for someone engaged in spoken conversation.