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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2009 (PC020404.08) ➔ Light as a Way-Finding Method


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Mee Young Rhee (designer)
Kimberly Ackert (thesis advisor)
Derek Porter (thesis advisor)
Nathalie Rozot (thesis advisor)
Peter M. Wheelwright (thesis advisor)
Alexa Griffith Winton (thesis advisor)




New urban landscape lighting design concept should integrate landscape structure and its context. Especially at night, since the light is the only source to form an image of the space in darkness, it should achieve both functional and aesthetical needs based on the site context and characteristics. It should provide a creative lighting solution to fulfill the needs of the people who use the site. As space becomes more complex and less architecturally defined, the “way-finding” design falls into the realm of urban planners and environmental graphic designers. As well, a great deal of “way-finding” found in urban landscape environment has a great deal to do with light. In my studio project, I chose High Bridge Park which has a complicated and isolated path inside of the forest to create way-finding system with light. Thus, I want to use light as a way-finding method to give people feeling of safety and create identity of the space.



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