This book advocates an approach to lighting design that focuses on how people experience illumination. Lighting Design in Shared Public Spaces contextualizes light, dark and lighting design within the settings, sensations, ideas and imaginaries that form our understandings of ourselves and the world around us.
The chapters in this collection bring a new perspective to lighting design, arguing for an approach that addresses how lighting is experienced, understood and valued by people. Across a range of new case studies from Australia, Germany, Denmark, and the United Kingdom, the authors account for lighting design’s crucial role in shaping our dynamic and messy experiential worlds. With many turning to innovative ethnographic methodologies, they powerfully demonstrate how feelings of comfort, safety, security, vulnerability, care and wellbeing can configure in and through how people experience and manipulate light and dark. By focusing on how lighting is improvised, arranged, avoided and composed in relation to the people and things it acts upon, the book advances understandings of lighting design by showing how improved experiences of the built environment can result from more sensitive and context-specific illumination.
The book is intended for social scientists who are interested in the lit or sensory world, as well as designers, architects, urban planners and others concerned with how the experience of light, dark and lighting might be both better understood and implemented in our shared public spaces.
Table of Contents
1. Light, dark and lighting design for shared public spaces: new perspectives on experiences of the lit world Shanti Sumartojo 2. Illuminating experiences: lighting design as an epistemic approach Nona Schulte-Römer 3. Light and Value: A Design Anthropology of Light and Wellbeing in Hospital Building Sarah Pink, Melisa Duque, Shanti Sumartojo and Laurene Vaughan 4. The Midwifery Feel of Light Stine Louring Nielsen 5. Perceptions of safety in cities after dark Hoa Yang, Jess Berry and Nicole Kalms 6. How the city feels: workshopping lighting design in public space Shanti Sumartojo 7. At the margins of attention: Security lighting and luminous art interventions in Copenhagen Mikkel Bille and Olivia Norma Jørgensen 8. Lights out? Lowering urban lighting levels and increasing atmosphere at a Danish tram station Mette Hvass, Karen Waltorp and Ellen Kathrine Hansen 9. Towers for the night Casper Laing Ebbensgaard 10. Dark Designs: Creating Shadow, Gloomy Spaces and Enchanting Light Tim Edensor
Shanti Sumartojo is Associate Professor of Design Research in the Department of Design and a member of the Emerging Technologies Research Lab at Monash University. She investigates how people experience their spatial surroundings, including material, immaterial, sensory and affective aspects, with a particular focus on the built environment, design and technology. Her current research focus is on robotic technologies in public space. Her recent co-authored books include Atmospheres and the Experiential World (2018) and Geographies of Commemoration in a Digital World (2021).
"This book responds to the important and urgent need to improve our understanding of lighting design and its application in built environments. By examining the experiential, complex relationships we have with light, it illustrates new interdisciplinary ways for conceptualizing and designing lighting towards a more sensitive and context-specific practice."
- Professor Nick Dunn, Executive Director, ImaginationLancaster
"This is a major book that provides an original alternative to the ideology of full light and to the dominance of technology in lighting design. By developing an atmospheric conceptual framework, this collective work subtly explores the diversity and complexity of the everyday lit world. This book will undoubtedly become a reference work."
- Jean-Paul Thibaud, CNRS Research Director, ENSA Grenoble