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My City: Life as a blind architect in San FranciscoMy City: Life as a blind architect in San Francisco

Posted By Alison Prato

On St. Patrick’s Day in 2008, Chris Downey, an architect, planner and consultant who lives in Piedmont, California, some 10 miles east of San Francisco, reported to the hospital for surgery to remove a brain tumor. The procedure was a success. But two days later, his sight started to fail. On the third day, it […]

Gallery

San Francisco in pictures: Chris Downey on the experience of a citySan Francisco in pictures: Chris Downey on the experience of a city

Posted By Alison Prato

It might seem strange to show a gallery of images of places the narrator can’t actually see. But as architect Chris Downey explains, he picked these locations in San Francisco because they’re meaningful to him, not because they’re photogenic (though as it happens, they’re that too). “As with any large, great city, its success is […]

Science

Looking into the future: A stem cell development to cure blindness, plus a playlist of visionary talksLooking into the future: A stem cell development to cure blindness, plus a playlist of visionary talks

Posted By Emmie Le Marchand

Scientists in London have achieved a significant breakthrough on the road to curing blindness this week. Certain kinds of blindness are caused when photoreceptors — the cells in the retina that react with light and send an electrical signal to the brain — die off. Researchers at Moorfields Eye Hospital and University College London have, […]