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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2012 (PC020404.11) ➔ Brightness: An Emotional Response


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Sarah Kaplan (designer)
Brooke Carter (thesis advisor)




How can we convert uncomfortable and uninviting plazas and public space into the opposite? The Roosevelt Island pedestrian bridge and walkway begs for such an intervention; much of the bridge and the surrounding public area is dim, uncomfortable, and unappealing. Brightness is a phenomenon that has the power to attract, invite, and ease one in an environment or space. It is the sensation of light that comes to the eye when perceiving spaces or surfaces. The powerful lighting qualities of brightness can influence human response and emotional experience. By employing the qualities of brightness to improve Roosevelt Island pedestrian walkway, my aim is to create a space that feels safe, comfortable, and inviting.



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