Autism is a disorder that now affects 1:4 children. An Elementary School on the East side of Providence asked RISD’s Int|AR department to help them design a sensitized classroom that caters to the needs of autistic children. This team decided to add a new system to reorganize the space. The clients main concern was not having enough storage space that was both functional and flexible enough to be adaptable year-to-year. Creating a colorful piping system that acted as an adjustable rail fixed with storage boxes adds an autism-friendly flexibility through the organization of not only storage but space.
Based on the current classrooms color associations with space, the color of the pipe changes according to the function of the space. Blue pipes are the Safety zones, a space where kids can calm themselves if they express stress. Purple is the Community zone, this is the spaces where all the students gather for classroom time. Green pipes are the Active zones, where kids are asked to do individual assignments and rotate throughout the day doing the activities that the teacher planned.