(thesis advisor)Enrique Peiniger
(thesis advisor)Derek Porter
(thesis advisor)Nathalie Rozot
(thesis advisor)Peter M. Wheelwright
The main idea of my thesis is the use of lighting design as a major factor in creating communicable experiences that break the boundaries of social differentiation. The typical understanding of lighting design, in luxury brand stores particularly, has been substituting the product and instead has created an image of glamour generating barriers and boundaries accentuating the inaccessibility of these goods. My thesis argues that lighting should be a social expression, offered to everyone by being a democratic, egalitarian aesthetic
The choice of the HSBC bank, a traditional neo- classical building in Chinatown, built in the 1850s, lies on the fact that this building has a rich character. Creating a marketplace with a dialogue between the heavy quality of the existing building and a sense of lightness to the new skin was my main intention.
The issue of the dialogue between the display of illumination on the urban scale in Chinatown verses the illumination of display on a local scale in the souq, unifies my project. As well as the dialogue between the old and the new, and the idea of connecting different social statuses with no spacial segregation, creating layers of communication, a center and shelter for all merchants in china town, Light becomes a means to revive the old and to create an aesthetical democratic public landmark.
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