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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2012 (PC020404.11) ➔ Building Bird-Safe Cities: An Environmental Crisis


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Catherine Chia (designer)
Nathalie Rozot (thesis advisor)




While glazed buildings and artificial night lighting have contributed widely to the development and advancement of society, scientists and wildlife conservation groups have observed their negative impact on wildlife, particularly among migratory birds. In a three day study, researchers found over 28 dead birds under a single building. The problem is global, happens during the day and at night, and offers many challenges. In my thesis, I will seek to balance lighting design for both humans and wildlife. My design strategy involves rethinking the treatment of current glazing and designing an electrical lighting scheme for a particularly problematic building type (the tall glazed building) that is responsive to migratory birds while accommodating human comfort and function. The aim is to propose lighting design guidelines for glazed buildings that address day and nighttime problems. As a result, the proposal will increase people’s awareness of this issue across all design disciplines, with the added benefit of ensuring the safety and benefit of migratory bird populations.



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