Grey: Sol Cement’s Sightwalks

Ground level shot of a person with a walking stick for blind and partially sighted people using the pavement pattern developed by Cemento Sol to establish where they are on the street

Grey: Sol Cement's Sightwalks

Helping the visually impaired to navigate city streets

Grey and cement company Sol Cement developed Sightwalks, a series of cement tiles with numbered lines to help the visually impaired identify the types of businesses or establishments they are passing by.

The number of lines can tell them if the shop next to them is a bank, grocery store, accommodation, hospital, bus stop, pharmacy and more as they count them from left to right using their walking sticks.

Over nearly two years, the project underwent continuous iterations to ensure its effectiveness. A collaborative, multidisciplinary effort involving industrial designers, engineers, and leading associations for the visually impaired in Peru resulted in a tactile tile system.

What sets this project apart is its open-source nature; Sol Cement has made the tiles a copyright-free invention, encouraging global adoption by cities, organisations, or individuals to improve urban accessibility for the visually impaired.

Before its successful implementation in Miraflores, extensive collaboration with various blind associations across Peru validated and tested the tactile tile system. This project stands as a testament to how creativity, innovation, and thoughtful design can make significant societal contributions.