What Sound Looks Like

An ongoing series cross-posted from instagram.com/dsqt

The simplicity of the doorbell’s functionality is often belied, over time, as buildings subdivide and technology fails. Jury-rigged systems of substitute buttons and makeshift signage supplant the initial elegant solution. It can be remarkable to track the decisions made, from repeating apartment numbers in handwriting to posting written instructions with paper and tape. It’s one thing to write an apartment number a third time. It’s another thing entirely to elect to explain which button is the correct one, as if the chronology of the installation isn’t self-evident. The term “wayfinding” is used in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and related fields to describe the process of instilling a sense of orientation and direction into physical spaces. Sometimes it seems as if it’s the people trying to give simple directions who have lost their way.

An ongoing series cross-posted from instagram.com/dsqt.

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