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INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION

THE BLIND EXPERIENCE

RESULTS!

Foreword

Welcome to the unveiling of the extraordinary outcomes of Archiol's ground-breaking initiative, "The Blind Experience Design Competition." In the realm of design, where vision often takes center stage, this competition challenged participants to transcend the visual and delve into the profound world of tactile and auditory sensations. The anticipation surrounding the results has been palpable, and we are thrilled to present the exceptional works that emerged from the convergence of creativity, innovation, and a deep understanding of inclusive design principles.
This competition, anchored in the philosophy of inclusivity, sought to redefine the parameters of design by focusing on the often-overlooked sensory experiences. By inviting participants to design spaces that cater to those with visual impairments, Archiol aimed to catalyze a paradigm shift in the way we conceive and construct environments. The Blind Experience Design Competition has not only pushed the boundaries of conventional design but has also fostered a more profound appreciation for the diverse ways in which individuals interact with and perceive the spaces around them.
The competition has been a testament to the power of design to shape experiences, challenge assumptions, and pave the way for a more inclusive future. We hope that the results showcased in this announcement will serve as an inspiration for the design community and beyond, encouraging a broader dialogue on the transformative potential of accessible and inclusive design.

Top 3

FIRST

Dwiti Singh, Aditya Vijayraj, Shubhangi Sharma & Tejas Wagh

India

SECOND

Yuting Cai, Hongyang Deng, Jiakang Liang & Yufu Li

China

THIRD

Nandini Gera & Akriti Pathak

India

FIRST PRIZE WINNER

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NOOR -E-NAFZ- The light of the soul…an urban exploration of the blind experience

Dwiti Singh, Aditya Vijayraj, Shubhangi Sharma & Tejas Wagh

India

JURY COMMENTS

The design demonstrates a strong commitment to empathizing with the blind experience through thoughtful spatial translations and installations. The use of textures, spatial sequences, and tactile surfaces in "Sparsh" engages the user's senses effectively. The layered walkway in "Nazariya" and the exploration of light in "Jyoti" contribute to a rich sensory experience. The emphasis on creating a transformative and empathetic encounter is commendable. The concept of decoding the blind experience through an urban museum is innovative and well-executed. The use of symbolic representations in each installation, such as the changing levels in "Sparsh" and the layered panels in "Nazariya," showcases creativity. The exploration of light in "Jyoti" adds another layer of innovation, creating a dynamic and unexpected experience for users. The installations are designed to be accessible to a larger audience, promoting inclusivity. The consideration of steps and ramps in "Sparsh" demonstrates an awareness of diverse