Promoting understanding, awareness and interactions between the sighted and the visually impaired
How can interactions between the sighted and the visually impaired be facilitated in order to raise awareness and empathy for those living with visual impairments?
This Master thesis aims to transform the city of Zurich into a more accessible place for the visually impaired. The transformation is accomplished through the implementation of a city tour app for the visually impaired. The app works in combination with interactive, 3D-printed replicas of landmarks and views of the Old Town of Zurich. This combination creates an immersive-sensory experience of the city, which can be enjoyed by both the sighted and the visually impaired.
But why does the city of Zurich need to become more accessible for the visually impaired? By opening the sights of cities to everyone, the project encourages a more inclusive society – a society that is aware and understanding of what it means to be visually impaired.