How Gallaudet University's Architects Are Redefining Deaf Space
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.