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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2015 (PC020404.14) ➔ Hilighting Identity


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Manal Kahale (designer)
Nathalie Rozot (thesis advisor)




An Urban Space has an identity that is manifested in the space and its use by the people, as well as its cultural residues from historical events. With these elements being visible during the day, what happens to this identity when the night emerges? Urban lighting should satisfy all users, the constructed environment and the vehicles.

Various lighting technological innovations have a purpose to illuminate the streets and sidewalks with the least energy consumption and the least maintenance possible. However, these innovations only focus on the streetlights and their performance. I would like to focus my study on two elements: First, the various alternative ways of highlighting the identity of a neighborhood, while allowing comfortable visibility on the sidewalks; and also, how this light identity can adapt to future trends in this ever changing world.

All elements are already present in the space, and with just a little adjustment, they could become point of references and sources of patterns as you walk the streets at night, embracing the charm each neighborhood has to offer.



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