Presenting the new General Schuyler Emergency Squad headquarters in Northumberland, New York, about six miles east of Saratoga Springs. This monster truck garage with attached playrooms represents exactly the kind of political decision that we should not be making now – sinking a million bucks or more into automobile and truck infrastucture in the twilight of motoring. In ten years or less, this building will be obsolete.
All that is apart from the awkward ugliness of the building itself and the atrocious color motif: corpse gray with veinous red.
Hamilton’s UB system is founded on the well known Braille system, devised in 1821 by Louis Braille: a tactile alphabet used by blind individuals to read and write. Similarly, Hamilton’s UB System is a tactile series of markings in the pavement that communicate distinct clues such as pavement edge, change in direction, major building entrances, and warning of potential obstructions or danger.
The UB system includes nine (9) standard icons … of information serving the needs of the visually impaired and the physically challenged. By utilizing both colour and texture contrast, UB provides advisory and warning signals and guides related to orientation. It is a system that includes unobstructed, accessible major and minor pathways that guide physically challenged users through urban areas safely and comfortably.
UB serves the needs of the blind, the visually impaired, the elderly, the infirm, users of mobility devices such as wheelchairs and motorized scooters, in addition to the general public.
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