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Normal gone

Satoko Yamaguchi, Yuki Nakazato / Japan


Describe a marginalized person you choose.

  • Age  23

  • Sex  Male

  • The person’s major condition you are trying to deal with.

1. He is a fellow student with mild Asperger's syndrome.

2. He took a leave of absence from school when he developed schizophrenia in the fourth grade, and then he repe 

3. However, most people are not aware that they have taken a leave of absence from school because they cannot get absorbed in the circle around them.

  • Describe the design intent for the chosen person.

1. People with developmental disabilities live in a world where ordinary people with typical developmental conditions live in standards, and they feel it is difficult to do what is natural.

2. They are difficult to guess from situation and context, which makes others look gloomy and uncomfortable. But they can't even notice it because they can't read their faces.

3. So we understand how people with Asperger's syndrome look and feel, and instead of eliminating barriers between the typical and the developmentally disabled, we create a normal gap between them.  

4. For them, the space where each other's normal is gone becomes the only space to be saved and becomes a shelter.

Design Statement

Kikuchi who was my college classmate.
He was an Asperger.
Asperger's syndrome is a type of "autism" in a broad sense. It was named after Hans Asperger, an Austrian pediatrician who first reported the case. Unlike autism, there is no delay in language development, and few people are retarded in intellectual development. For this reason, many people do not even realize that they are sick, and experience difficulties in life as adults. One of Asperger's ways of seeing things is that the context is illegible. You can't read the whole thing, you read it partially.
I can't read the air. I can't communicate well. The shadow is faint. Mr. Kikuchi was a gloomy person for us.
But maybe we're not normal. Mr. Kikuchi's rhythm is normal, so maybe we are just wrong. No, it may not be common anywhere.
A shelter is a device that shuts out the relationship with the outside and protects the body from the outside. But we turned the shelter into a shelter between the out-of-context space of Asperger and the space we think is normal. This is an unusual place. It will be a place of relaxation for Kikuchi, where everyone can naturally exist.