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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2011 (PC020404.10) ➔ Interconnection: Vitalizing Privately Owned Public Space through Light


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Jaryeon Seo (designer)
Nathalie Rozot (thesis advisor)
Alexa Griffith Winton (thesis advisor)
Peter M. Wheelwright (thesis advisor)
Derek Porter (thesis advisor)




As the result of intensive zoning program, there is an impressive amount of Privately Owned Public Space (POPS) in New York, but much of it is not of high quality and has been underused. The lack of appropriate design and program leads to a separation between the POPS and public property, and the POPS cannot comply with the purpose as a usable, desirable space for public. The perception of these spaces and their program are two main factors which affect the use of POPS. Lighting can become a significant design element to blur the edge condition in order to interconnect public property and the POPS, both visually and perceptually. Using design elements such as architecture and lighting can enable people to perceive the space itself, and create continuity. The communication through interactive design between the space and people will help expand the notion of the POPS, and also it can be the main attraction of the space. In my thesis, I borrow two key concepts from landscape ecology, pattern and gradient. Patterns can be used to define certain characteristics of public property, and gradients can bring the characteristics into POPS. Thus, pattern and gradient can be used to blur the edge, and lead the gradual expansion of the public property.



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