Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Invisible Cities


Another tactile model

In Hartford, on the sidewalk just outside the Old Statehouse in the center of the city, there is a small, black metal scale model of the city on a little platform. The model is not that large, but covers a few blocks with the major buildings of the city center. The model is open, and is apparently a tactile model meant to be touched: I believe it's intended for the blind. Once, on a lunch break several years ago, I stood by the model watching as a middle-aged blind man felt out the buildings and street plan of the city model with his hands. He appeared to be concentrating, trying to feel out an image of the city. I wondered what the size of the buildings were in his mind.

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