Hearing Architecture

BBC Radio 4

A profile of blind architect Chris Downey – recorded on location in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkley. This immersive exploration of the power of design asks what it means to create buildings without sight and whether blindness could actually make someone a better architect.

With contributions from professor of architecture Luisa Caldas, sound artist Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon and Arup acoustician Shane Myrbeck, Chris explores how the principles of Universal Design and the concept of delight can help create places which make us all healthier, happier and saner – whether we’ve found our disability or not.


Produced by Michael Umney

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Broadcast Date: 16th June 11.30am