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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2013 (PC020404.12) ➔ Productions of Space: Lighting the Street’s Social Practice


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Edward Yelonek (designer)
Peter M. Wheelwright (thesis advisor)




The thesis operates under Henri Lefebvre’s assumption that space is a production and is only fully understood through social practice. In New York City the street is the epicenter of shared social practices. In this environment the production of real space is constantly mediated by light, yet conventions of using electric light on New York’s pedestrian streets, the sidewalk, often address only quantitative, rather than qualitative conditions associated with these practices. This thesis is an attempt to cogently and accurately understand the social practices happening on the street and highlight the inconsistencies in the standard practices relating to and current thinking about pedestrian street lighting. In doing so, this thesis will put forth a visual narrative that seeks to further elucidate how light and social practice interact.



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