Jeanne Jin Choi
(designer)Alexa Griffith Winton
Light is not just seen, it is experienced. Transitional spaces are often overlooked and under-designed. The purpose of a transitional space is to connect one area to the other. However these spaces are often the source of discomfort with children under the Autistic Spectrum, as they are not specialized to accommodate all the nuances that the children present. Public schools that have integrated programs such as the ASD Nest program have the unique challenge of accommodating children within the Autistic Spectrum and neurotypical children. Children within the Autistic Spectrum are neurologically cognizant of stimuli far more acutely than that of children that are not. The way they process information is very much different and can be a source of discomfort. Many design practices have determined to unburden these specialized facilities in order to create a better learning environment with minimal distractions. However these design decision create a stark contrast between the interior and exterior environment creating an abrupt introduction to external/internal conditions.
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