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The Body Knows the Body Remembers
This project aims to explore the human experience within a space and how the experience of being within a space should connect with the body, to be operated and enjoyed. People with visual impairments must use their bodies and senses in a different way to interact with the world. They possess a unique perception of the world due to the adaptation of their bodies. Learning from the influence of their needs could create designs that have a heightened experience for all body types, not only those with impairments. The site for my project is Freetown Sierra Leone. Ending in 2002, SL was devastated by civil war. Problems increased with an Ebola virus (EVD) pandemic from 2014-2016. UNICEF states that 1/5th of survivors of EVD have ocular complications. There is a cultural stigma surrounding people living with disabilities causing them to be ostracised by their communities, leaving them with limited work prospects. My research and proposal will focus on creating a space for native craft trades that can be carried out by people living with visual impairments and body conditions.
Freetown , Sierra Leone