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dc.contributor.authorDemirkan H.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-08T09:38:36Z
dc.date.available2016-02-08T09:38:36Z
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.issn1682601en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11693/20954
dc.description.abstractThe aim of the study is to determine and prioritise the characteristics of the builtenvironment that increase the effectiveness of the walking surfaces for blind and vision-impaired people. Tactile walking surface indicators are installed on the floor of indoorand outdoor built environments for guiding blind or vision-impaired people. These people perceive the walking surface by a long white cane, through the soles of their shoes or impaired vision. Based on the relevant research and published standards there is a consensuson the characteristics of tactile working surfaces in terms of design specifications, visual contrast, material and installation requirements. In order to have the right decisionwhile using the related knowledge, the designer of a built environment should identify and prioritise the characteristics of the users. The findings of factorial analysis showed that the individual characteristics such as shoe width, stature, gender, and frequency ofleaving residence and experience alone, or with help, determine the effectiveness of tactile surface indicators as the primary factor. The second important factor that can be named as perceptual characteristics of the individual is composed of long white cane usage, time of sight loss and visual efficiency type. It is found that ease of walking on tactile surfaces as ease of change in direction, ease of stay on proper course of walking and transition from truncated domes to bars are third in priority as long as they comply with the standards.en_US
dc.language.isoEnglishen_US
dc.source.titleOpen House International en_US
dc.subjectBlinden_US
dc.subjectDesign for allen_US
dc.subjectTactile walking surface indicatorsen_US
dc.subjectVision -impaired peopleen_US
dc.titleEffectiveness of tactile surface indicators in 'design for all' contexten_US
dc.typeResearch Paperen_US
dc.departmentBilkent University, Faculty of Art. Design and Architecture, Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, 06800 Bilkent, Ankara, Turkeyen_US
dc.citation.spage43en_US
dc.citation.epage51en_US
dc.citation.volumeNumber38en_US
dc.citation.issueNumber1en_US


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