LURKING

‘Lurking’  is a space created for visually impaired to visualise objects and space through their auditory perception using a technique called echolocation. This design allows you to learn and experience the technique to echolocate, in various circumstances that might be otherwise encountered as a difficult situation in reality. The secondary aim of the design is to minimalize the depression episodes and uplift their mental well-being using sensory stimulation.

This project enables one to learn and experience the procedure of echolocation through its elements and activities assembled in this structure. The method of Echolocation helps an individual to recognize the objects and navigate themselves by identifying the barriers utilizing the technique like bat sonar, which reflects the sounds waves from surfaces.

This project is designed to develop the knowledge of echolocation among the society, however, specifically concentrating on the visually impaired people. This echolocation helps people to visualize, navigate and locate themselves without the need of any guardian. Moreover, this changes the lifestyle of a visually impaired person to improve their mental ability and elude their depression.

DESIGN IN LAYERS


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PLAN


Plan explaining the circulation and zones

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FOCAL POINT


This elevated surface is placed below a stained-glass dome. This is designed for both experience and the serene feeling generated. This is used as a meditation zone to create positiveness through echolocation by helping on to understand the effects of echoes in a dome.

 

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Activities


This space allocates the user to experience various activities. The Lego wall allows the individual to either place the blocks into the desired shape utilizing the echolocation or allow them to identify the shape of the existing blocks. This enables them to experience shape, projections, and sizes. The human-size Zenga puzzle placed on a sandpit enables one to understand the voids and solids while climbing. The common seating area is arranged to organize various activities by the organizers.

 

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PRIVATE SEATING


This space is developed for small groups to interact with a human echolocator. It is designed to create interaction among various individuals. This space is covered by rotatable strips, which creates patterns giving the user to understand the technique used in movable objects.

 

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LEARNING SPACE


The learning space is divided by movable partitions with help of tracks. These partitions also act as learning materials for the end-user. Each partition wall is designed to develop the understanding of individual on the size, material, shapes and patterns through echolocation. These partitions are flexible with their design which has more scope for the user to learn new things every day.

 

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PARTITIONS


Individual partitions 

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TRAINING ROOM


These partitions made of straight and curved lines with doors on each of the partition  introducing the users to the straight lines and curves. Moreover, it acts as an activity as they can pass from door to door leading them to the activity space.

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HIDDEN MAZE


This maze segment is created to increase the hardness level in learning which is essential; for real-life situations. It is designed to be a simple square maze created by a lightweight material where it moves even when slightly touched. The person is allowed to pass through the maze either for an activity or a game to find things, where one walks through it if touches the path is changed and should bee able to analyse the pattern and reach the destination.

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Samhitha Segireddy

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