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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2008 (PC020404.07) ➔ Connecting the Waterfront and the Neighborhoods with Light


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Young Hee Min (designer)
Alexa Griffith Winton (thesis advisor)
Derek Porter (thesis advisor)
Enrique Peiniger (thesis advisor)
Margaret Maile (thesis advisor)
Nathalie Rozot (thesis advisor)
Peter M. Wheelwright (thesis advisor)




The connectivity of the fragmented urban environment caused by generic modern infrastructure and architecture is becoming key issue in contemporary architecture. This research analyzes the rapidly changing city’s edge and waterfront, which was neglected for decades but now is being redeveloped as a public space, and examines the possibility of lighting to connect the neighborhoods and the waterfront. Our city’s edge, waterfront, is tremendous asset of the city that visitors and residents meet together and is the only place that we can appreciate the nature in the city need to be redesigned with light.

Looking at two slips of the East River Waterfront of Lower Manhattan in New York City, conventional architectural discipline to see the urban environment as “figure-grounds” space will be reexamined in terms of lighting, how we treat them as a seamless urban fabric and qualitative nighttime environment. Throughout the history of land’s edge, this research shows a dynamic relationship of the land and the water, the man-made city and the nature.

To transform the city’s edge from ‘border vacuum’ to the border of exchange with full of energy, land and water, pedestrians and car traffic, day and night, figure and ground merges together on still undetermined shoreline with immersive light.



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