“Designing for Autism: Lighting,” ArchDaily.com, October 19, 2011.
This article examines the different sensory sensitive approach to lighting
“Designing for Autism: The ‘Neuro-Typical’ Approach,” ArchDaily.com, November 3, 2011.
This article looks at the arguments against the sensory approach. The‘Neuro-typical’ approach sees skill generalization as more of an issue than sensory sensitivities. It is good to know the different approaches out there.
“Architecture for Autism: Architects moving in the right direction,” ArchDaily.com, January 5, 2012.
This article explores the problems of architects basing their design decisions on conjecture and anecdotal evidence. It highlights an architect, Professor Magda Mostafa, who is conducting research to remedy the current anecdotal quagmire.
"A Critical Analysis of Sensory-Sensitive and "Neuro-Typical" Simulated Architectural Design in Schools for Autism," Design for All Institute of India. December 2015. Page 53-67.
A review of the evidence for autism design.
“Pitfalls of Observations Studies,” Archdaily.com, May 10, 2012.
This article reviews Professor Magda Mostafa’s autism design study. Due to the study’s methodology, the article suggests the study’s results are inconclusive. This is worrying as Mostafa’s efforts to objectively measure the efficacy of design interventions go above and beyond most others. If her study is inconclusive then design professionals have a long way to go before they can claim to know the efficacy of any proposed interventions.
“Designing for Autism: Spatial Considerations,” ArchDaily.com October 26, 2011.
Similar to the lighting article, this piece looks at the sensory approach to spatial design.
“Designing for Autism: More Able Not Less Disabled,” ArchDaily.com, December 7, 2011.
This article was inspired by Christopher Henry’s time spent working in direct care at Bittersweet Farms. Bittersweet Farms emphasizes people's abilities while still acknowledging their disabilities. The article tries to see how this philosophy could influence the design of a building.
“Architecture for Autism: Exterior Views,” ArchDaily.com, April 4, 2012.
This article asks whether what is viewed is as or more important than how much is viewed? Outdoor environments are often squeezed out of tight budgets, but it might make long term economical sense to invest in quality outdoor environments.
“Tactile Architecture: Does it Matter?” ArchDaily.com, November 23, 2011.
(Not specific to autism, but a useful resource for those interested in sensory design.)