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Introduction -

For my undergrad thesis, I designed an economic rehabilitation for the visually impaired. An existing campus of an eye hospital was chosen to create a seamless transition for patients into rehabilitation.

Economic Rehabilitation Centre for the Visually Impaired

Economic Rehabilitation Center for the Visually Impaired

Rationale for Thesis -

  • India has 33% of global population of visual impairment.

  • The World Bank estimates that 20% of the world's poorest people have disability.

  • After the demonetization of India, new coins and notes proposed a serious challenge to the visually impaired.

  • Obligations to the RPWD Act, 2016, contributing to the "appropriate environment" promised by the Govt. of India.

  • A chance to create an architecture with a non-visual aesthetic focus.

Design

  • Site analysis, zoning

  • Circulation plan

  • Sensorial landscaping

  • Building exterior - designed to cater to the partially visually impaired

  • Planning - ground floor plans and circulation of users through it

  • Flooring plan - different flooring materials enhance wayfinding

  • Illumination plan - increased lighting levels for partially visually impaired

  • Sensory details - for the rehabilitee to create a stronger spatial association

Site planning involved making design decisions.

The structural systems were based on steel trusses and reinforced concrete columns mostly due to high heat and humidity.

Sewage, Electricty and Water Supply lines were designed for maximum efficiency and utility.

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Stormwater drainage was planned in consideration to existing waterbody (for groundwater recharge) and drainage channels adjacent to site.

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