(thesis advisor)Alexa Griffith Winton
Quality pedestrian lighting is of key importance in making our night environment walkable. In order to plan, design and implement qualitative lighting in our communities we should conduct comprehensive analyses of pedestrians and the sites they frequent.
The need for improved conditions for pedestrians has received more attention and consideration over the years; however, as more and more walkable communities and campuses are promoted, planned, designed and retrofitted, the experience of pedestrian at night is often overlooked.
As we move towards 24-7 communities and campuses within more of our metropolitan areas, sensitive lighting at the pedestrian level is of key importance in public realms within a multi-modal society with increased shift work, services, and entertainment during the evening hours. Although all areas frequented by pedestrians should receive due consideration, this thesis focuses on the pedestrian journey – facilitating people’s movement through space and enhancing the experience through light by addressing qualitative as well as quantitative factors through primary consideration of lighting for people, place and purpose.
I maintain that we should assess existing and proposed uses of campuses and communities at night and develop a quantitative and qualitative lighting system that addresses the needs of the users, addresses how and when the area is used, and reinforces the identity of place. Based on observation and site analysis regarding key evening destinations, context, users and hours of use - several primary pedestrian corridors will be selected for a proposed design intervention for Rutgers and New Brunswick, NJ. These corridors will be further analyzed and a lighting master plan framework and “kit of parts” will be developed that are unique to Rutgers and New Brunswick.
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