(designer)Alexa Griffith Winton
(thesis advisor)Derek Porter
Commonly, lighting designers approach their designs with a focus on utility and safety, standards, codes, and recommendations for luminance levels and energy concerns. It is my position that there should be a greater emphasis on creating a rich perceptual experience integrated into the lighting design process. Light should also be used as a tool to explain and reveal perceptual experience within the constructed environment. In the urban context, there is a tendency for city dwellers to block out external stimuli in order to enable an easy and efficient navigation of the urban experience. This can create a disconnection with the surrounding environment. By acutely designing a space that encourages the exploration of light and visual perception, designers can allow the users of a given space to re-engage with their environment. The Through Block P.O.P Space at 1251 Avenue of the Americas is an ideal location to test this because it is a controllable but versatile site, located in the center of Manhattan. I will design a lighting and landscape program for this site, taking into account its role as both a throughway and a place of rest, to provide a safe yet perceptually amplified environment in the center of New York City. This site will provide a space that will be able to be used both day and night, creating a safe space for evening or night outdoor activities.
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