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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2016 (PC020404.15) ➔ Light And Emotion In Hospital Environments


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Ruoying Wu (designer)
Nathalie Rozot (thesis advisor)




Originally lighting for hospitals was designed for clinical use, creating the sense of a professional sanitary environment. The transitional spaces in particular, where the lighting conditions are highly uniform regardless of the different areas it connects to, are emblematic of this utilitarian design. Visitors, however, often process a set of emotional needs, outside of the needs for pure medical attention and it is these feelings - stress, embarrassment, fear - that remain unaddressed in this transitional spaces. I argue that transitional spaces can be better adapted through lighting design to become a space for thought, reflection and preparation. This thesis will contribute to the development of new application for light in hospital transitional spaces by utilizing different light intensity that incorporates colors and textures to create a sequence, allowing for soothing transitions for the patients.



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