DeafSpace: Deaf vision meets architecture

DeafSpace is an architectural concept tailored to Deaf visual-tactile experience in space. Buildings, hallways, and other spatial arrangements are designed to Deaf people's way of seeing and being in their environment.

Hearing architect Hansel Bauman initiated the DeafSpace Project in 2005 with the ASL Deaf Studies Department at Gallaudet University. He's the brother of Dr. Dirksen Bauman who is a professor of Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University.

Proximity, acoustics (vibration), lighting and shadow, color, and transparency are essential elements of the environment in Deaf space.


"Measuring the Immeasurable: The Legacy of Atomization and Dorsality as a Pathway in Making Deaf Epistemology Quantifiable - An Insight from DeafSpace" by Robert T. Sirvage, DeafSpace Design Researcher.

Rains, Scott (2011). "Deaf Space: Deaf Culture Meets Architecture in Universal Design."

Byrd, Todd (2007). "Deaf Space."

Gallaudet University. "What is DeafSpace?"

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