An Architecture for Autism

As a young architect, Magda Mostafa was given the task of designing an educational centre for autism. She searched the research literature for autistic-friendly design guidelines, and found very little. So she did her own research from the ground up, and published her findings in An Architecture for Autism, the most-downloaded article from the International Journal of Architecture Research for 2012. For more on Magda, check out this interview with her from ArchDaily.


7-Year-Old Autistic Boy Wins Fashion Design Award

Torenzo Monopoli from New Zealand, a 7-year-old schoolboy with autism, won the avant garde award in the school section at the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards this year. He also won the Nelson Nouveau Design Awards’ under-10 category last year. Needless to say, Torenzo has already been spotted by a designer, Annah Stretton. Source: Nelson Mail.

Torenzo’s winning entry at the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards

Autism Speaks PSA Featuring Fashion Designer Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger’s daughter and stepson both have autism. The fashion designer recently appeared in a public service advertisement (below), to emphasise the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. This is what he said about it (from the Daily Mail):

The government is not involved in it. People aren’t donating enough money. There’s not enough research …

There’s no cure. It needs help, so we’ve become involved.