Services and social design


Designer: Gaudutė Žilytė

Client: Vilniaus dailės akademija, 2022

When implementing inclusive education and employment policies for autistic people, it is important to reflect on the environment and the interactions between people with different neurotypical characteristics. The project "Kukubu" aims to provide a multidimensional understanding of autism spectrum disorder: through observation and interviews, it analyses the autistic person's worldview and worldview, and observes virtual communities of autistic people. Following the formulation of design criteria and taking into account the autistic person's thinking, communication and sensory systems, the space "Kukubu" was designed to interact, relax and introduce neurotypical children to the world of their autistic peers. This space could serve as a link and help to connect with the autistic child. "Kukubu" prototype consists of wooden cubes covered with a stretchy fabric to hide in. They can also be combined to create closed communication structures: instead of words and body language, sensory experiences are shared.