September 28, 2015

Listen to This Building: An Architecture Exhibition for the Visually Impaired in Contract Magazine

The Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD) has partnered with Miami–based, pop-up bookstore EXILE Books and the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind to present LISTEN TO THIS BUILDING, an interactive architecture exhibition for the visually impaired that focuses on bridging the understanding between downtown Miami architecture, independent publishing, and accessibility.

LISTEN TO THIS BUILDING features 10 downtown Miami buildings that have been converted into touchable, living multimedia pieces with Braille wall text.

The main component of the exhibition is an outdoor audio installation, which is located on the front steps of MCAD. The installation includes engaging stories from locals about historic downtown Miami buildings and is positioned near a large piece of vinyl flooring that encourages attendees to stop and LISTEN.

Florida International University: College of Architecture + The Arts at Miami Beach Urban Studios students have created 3-D-printed models of select downtown Miami buildings, including the historic Old U.S. Post Office and Courthouse. These renderings are displayed in covered boxes with obscured views, allowing visitors to experience architecture by using only one sense: touch.

A Braille book published by EXILE Books rounds out the exhibit. The book includes Braille narratives from the exhibit’s outdoor audio installation, but it does not include any photographs or printed text.

MCAD and EXILE Books are also co-hosting weekly events during the exhibition to inform the public of the issues surrounding art, architecture, and accessibility.

Upcoming events include:

• IlluminArts Presents Songs of the City, Songs in the Dark
October 1, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

• Building Voice: A Talk by Architect Christopher Downey
October 3, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

• Accessibility Talk: Advocacy & Community Awareness by Miami entrepreneur and artist R. David New and curator Sara Darling
October 6, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

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