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Chicago, IL

Work Category:
Institutional, Interior Design

Conventional wayfinding devices such as directories and signage are impractical tools for the users of the building, who are primarily adults with developmental disabilities. Instead, the project relies on more abstract principles of environmental communication.

The distribution of the building’s program is expressed on the exterior of the building, and its major interior wayfinding elements extend to the street, marking the principal entrances. Consciously or unconsciously, the user has a sense of the overall arrangement of parts before entering the building. This project represents the state-of-the art in way-finding techniques for people with disabilities. These techniques allow for greater independence and increased feelings of self-esteem for the users.

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