(designer)Peter M. Wheelwright
(thesis advisor)Alexa Griffith Winton
(thesis advisor)Phil Gabriel
(thesis advisor)Nathalie Rozot
I am studying the lighting needs of the homeless population in Manhattan, as well as portable lighting devices and technology. By combining this research, I plan to develop portable lighting and cloaking devices that will provide autonomy for the user and allow for more control over their visual environment. The lighting devices serve as the primary task lighting that can be moved and used in the various typologies of spaces used by the homeless, including exterior non-programmed spaces as well as interior programmed shelter spaces. Additional recommendations are made for the ambient lighting in interior shelter spaces that supports the use of the personal light. The lighting devices along with better lighting controls will improve psychological and physical well-being, as well as have a positive social impact.
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