Thursday, September 15, 2011





Decisive Adherence of Light chose to explore the principles of navigation and progression. In doing this, we utilized concepts in balancing natural and electrical lighting within the space. The method used to accomplish this unity was the introduction of voids. This allowed for absence of corners to provide repetition, indirect back lighting to enhance contrast, and a large vertical entrance for initial guidance. Reflective surfaces offer captivation by way of its interaction with the lighting.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Light Revealing Experience

Light affects us in more ways than we can imagine, and implies certain events and rituals within our lives that don't even cross our minds until we take a step back and look at it further. We find close relationships with it- light and place, light and time, light and nature, light and task, and light and climate. These five things, paired with light, are a few of the driving forces behind our overall health and happiness, as people. Place can mean many things to us, but the definition as it will be used here is referring to location. Depending on the place which we reside, means also the culture we will be surrounded by, and the rituals that commonly take place there, deciding what type of light that will be used where, and when. For example, in New York City, you will find minimal natural light, due to the obstacles, or skyscrapers which stand quite tall, and block much of it out, but on the other hand within these buildings you will find much electrical light used to illuminate the halls and offices within. On the contrary, a mountain top in Vermont will have all natural light, and no electrical light. Although these two places are near in context, they are very different in personality. Time can be measured by experiences we have, or by the more common continuous duration dependent on the sun. In consideration of both of these definitions, we find that light also has two relationships with time. The first being the more obvious, is the idea of day and night, sunlight to moonlight, which leads into the change of seasons where the sun is brighter and warmer in some, and where it is dimmer and cooler in others. The second is the least thought about of the two, where we must look back at the experiences we have taken apart of since the day of our birth, and how we associate certain things with certain types of light subconsciously. For example, bright light is usually in a place where we conduct activity, whereas dim light is in a place where we consider rest. Nature also has a huge playing role in our experience with light, as it is one of our two light forms. In our modern society, when someone mentions light, it is instinct for us to think of our desk lamp, or the chandelier in our foyer, but not long ago, light was only provided by the sun, the moon and stars, and fire, and still is in some societies today. Almost every human being has seen some rendition of these four lights, as it is the four that nature provides to us. Nature can also provide patterns of light such as a colorful sunset, or sunlight through the trees. The natural world which we do not create ourselves is the beautiful, and untouched one. Task and its relationship with light is probably the most recognized and prominent, as it is the one which we create ourselves. The word “task” not only refers to work, but in the broader sense, to activity, and potentially the experiences from those activities. These activities could include work, gardening, or even celebrating a holiday. We subconsciously ask ourselves, “what kind of light source will I need in order to carry out this task in the most efficient way possible,” and then we supply it. Climate also has a relationship with light. Although it is a less prominent one, we find that there is still a tie in some sort to how light and weather work together to create atmosphere which we as humans deem comfortable or uncomfortable. The climate to light relationship is very dependent upon place, as we all don't come from the same places and our bodies react differently to certain climates. We have become immune to those which we live within as they constantly encompass our world. The condition and current state of our bodies is the most important thing to us as human beings. If any level is slightly off, we suddenly become uncomfortable and feel the immediate urge for it to be fixed. Depending on who we are and where we come from, what we grew up around, and how we made a living for ourselves, we have learned by experience what it is that works best for us as individuals, and what it is that allows us to perform to our best. As designers, we work towards providing the comfort and maximal quality of objects for human beings. A main point of focus that can potentially achieve this is light.