Light Perspectives: Between Culture and Technology

Light Perspectives: Between Culture and Technology

Authors: Aksel Karcher, Martin Krautter, David Kuntzsch, Thomas Schielke, Christoph Steinke, Mariko Takagi Publishers: Tim Henrik Maack, Kay Pawlik First Edition: 2009 ISBN: 978-3-9813216-1-6

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What are the intrinsic qualities of light, and how are the techniques and design approaches implemented in architecture? How are abstract lighting concepts conveyed, and how far is our perception of light rooted in the biological and cultural history of human evolution?

This book endeavours to identify terms and standards which relate to qualities in architectural lighting. It uses this identification to promote communication and aid dialogue between designers and engineers, building owners and planners, professionals and laymen. The 21 chapters are arranged in three sections covering the actual qualities of light, the relationship between light and space and, finally, the dimension of light as it relates to culture. In each of the chapters, paired terms explore the respective design dimension of light. Using texts, photos, computer graphics and drawings, the team of authors investigates each pair of terms beginning with the original cultural and historical context, moving onto didactic material on perception, lighting design and lighting technology and concluding with case studies in virtual architectural situations.



Light and dark Diffuse and directed Warm and cold Radiance and illumination Brilliance and glare Natural and artificial White and coloured


Vertical and horizontal Square and round Looking in the looking out Foreground and background Wide and focussed Small and large Spatial patterns and lighting patterns


Public and private Neutral and expressive Efficiency and excess Architecture and theatre Static and dynamic Slow and fast General and dedicated


Glossary Bibiography Acknowledgements Index Imprint

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Cite: Andrew Rosenberg. "Light Perspectives: Between Culture and Technology " 18 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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