This research intends to engage the fields of architecture, psychiatry and kinesiology to develop and test technologies that respond to the array of sensory challenges facing children with autism. While diverse and highly individualized in terms of the sensory modalities which affect such children, the result is often delayed abilities in fine motor skills and quality of movement. Re-imagining the interface with technology as both a tactile surface and physical environment, the senses, beyond just the visual, can be engaged as a part of the grading of movement and fine motor skill-building process. The primary means for generating such technology is the use of advanced CNC knitting technology to create textiles serving as stretchable, pressure-sensitive interactive surfaces. This project involves the development of activities which capture the innovative capacities of a stretchable tactile interface, and the initiation of a pilot study to measure the development of fine motor skills.
$20,000 grant from FMI Mi-Kickstart.
Multisensory Architecture: The Dynamic Interplay of Environment, Movement and Social Function Architectural Design
Published in for Health: Sustainable Approaches to Therapeutic Architecture.