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San Francisco's newly-opened Independent Living Resource Center, a nonprofit community center for people with disabilities, is the first space Chris Downey has designed as lead architect since he lost his sight six years ago. Curbed National tours the new center with Downey, who has carved out a niche helping the highly visual industry of architecture locate its blind spots. "A lot of architects I've talked with, it's not willful—they don't know it's an issue," says Downey. "You can see when somebody can't roll up stairs or reach from a wheelchair to get something. It's hard to visualize what it's like to see from behind somebody else's eyes." [Curbed National]