Deaf geographies, and other worlds.

John Lee Clark describes his ideal DeafBlind house

I’ve been challenged recently to think about where the built environment and landscape fit into models of the production of space. Here’s a great example of a landscape that isn’t just physical, but is also ‘known’. Thanks John Lee Clark for a brilliant essay.

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John Lee Clark, the DeafBlind writer has written a brilliant description of his ideal house.

There’s what you’d expect in terms of spatial design, and accessibility. But what I find most interesting immediately is the amount of knowledge that isn’t sensorially mediated.

The idea that a space should be ‘known’ – rather than simply experienced, as if it were met for the first time, that time, every time – is an interesting challenge to the notion that spaces are produced as something that are always ‘outbound’ from a body.

Here is a space that is both created, and known. Outbound and inbound. That is authored both in the real world, and in the mind of the person.

It makes me think that there is more to the production of the physical than simply its being ‘secreted’ by life. It ties back into the mental landscapes in which we life…

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This entry was posted on August 6, 2014 by in Musings.
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