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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2009 (PC020404.08) ➔ Transformative Lighting for Urban Public Space


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Shin Young Rho (designer)
Megan Casey (thesis advisor)




In this thesis, I am arguing for the use of “transformative lighting design” in twenty-first century urban public space. Rather than serving only the functional needs of an urban public space, I am proposing the use of a convertible and interactive lighting system which will provide a more effective quantity and quality of light for users. The majority of existing light installations in outdoor public spaces do not represent the space and users properly; therefore, it does not support diverse spatial qualities based on different dimensions for different activities among users. It is critical that luminaires are designed to be site-specific, and have a corresponding control system that appropriately responds to dynamic spatial changes in time, usage and weather. A delicately controlled digital lighting system can contribute to the diversity in a given space and time (differently experienced by various users).



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