Thursday, October 27, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
- identify the purpose of the space Circulation throughout the stairwells.
- identify the purpose of lighting, including an identification of ambient, task, accent, and sparkle lighting. Task lighting, it's a directional lighting that guides you through the different levels of the building.
- describe the effect of each luminaire in the space. It provides a directional and informational light that helps light up the sides of the stairwell that are opposite the natural light so that one may see from any place in the stairwell.
- based upon your observations and reflections, provide recommendations for improving the lighting environment. Since the stairwell is concrete, which gives it a colder feel, it would be more comfortable if warmer toned lamps were used instead of what is in there now.
- identify the purpose of the space Studio space, work/task lighting.
- identify the purpose of lighting, including an identification of ambient, task, accent, and sparkle lighting. Task lighting, it's an overhead fixture that promotes work.
- describe the effect of each luminaire in the space. The luminaires collectively provide an even amount of light that is then distributed amongst the many work surfaces.
- based upon your observations and reflections, provide recommendations for improving the lighting environment. If you were looking for a more personal experience within your own work area, it would be beneficial to have the fixtures lower and closer to the students and a smaller scale. Also, if the fixtures were lower and more manageable, it would also be helpful for them to be adjustable so that there is a larger personalization factor.
- identify the purpose of the space This space serves as a pin up space as well as a walkway.
- identify the purpose of lighting, including an identification of ambient, task, accent, and sparkle lighting. Task and accent. The track lighting is task because it serves as a spot light to what is being displayed. The accent lighting would be the overhead fixtures that help diffuse the light and make it more than just a pin up space, it also brightens up the area.
- describe the effect of each luminaire in the space. It provides a directional light as well as a glow. It helps you read and navigate the space.
- based upon your observations and reflections, provide recommendations for improving the lighting environment. I would include more task lighting so that the wall is brighter and its more inviting so that the work being pinned up is displayed in the way that the artist/creator would want it shown.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
- identify the purpose of the space
- identify the purpose of lighting, including an identification of ambient, task, accent, and sparkle lighting.
- identify the lamp/s
- describe the effect of each light source in each space.
- do you notice any aspect of Flynn’s subjective impressions?
- based upon your observations and reflections, provide recommendations for improving the lighting environment.
e. this light tended to bring out the warmer undertones in the fabric
f. if the lights would have been lower, it would more than likely create a different and more directional lighting effect.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
The bond between a place and humanity branches from experience. When you enter a space, the way the light is cast has the potential to change your mood, bring you back to an earlier time, or even give you a false feeling of warmth or coldness. Light also varies from place to place. It is dependent on geographical area, climate, the surrounding nature, and time of day, etcetera. For instance, if you live in the southern part of the states you will notice that there are often bigger windows allowing more light in, which in turn gives you the feeling of warmth and comfort. In the readings it states that in industrialized areas, it is harder to experience the wonders of natural lighting. I have never thought of that because I grew up in a suburb of Charlotte, so when I went to the city, I was drawn to the more scenic areas rather than all of the skyscrapers. But when I began thinking about it, it is true. When tall buildings on a regular basis surround you, it seems as if he only sunlight you are getting is through the glass in a high rise. It is more difficult to see the sunrise and sunset because the buildings break up the flow of sunlight and you mainly see shadows compared the sunbeams. My theory is that is why you can tell a distinct difference in office spaces versus homes, or dining places. Lighting is affected due to the trade it is being designed for. When you are in an office, you are used to constantly having artificial light around you and you are not getting a lot of natural light or fresh air for that matter. So when you walk into a place with that sense of lighting, you are aware that is what is being conveyed. However, when you enter a restaurant, it is meant to give you, the customer, the comfortable feeling of home, so the lights are dim, it is a comfortable atmosphere, which makes you feel comfortable eating, drinking, and being social.
The way light is diffused is also a psychological mind game. Designers try to mimic things in nature by using a wide range of materials and structural pieces, which can create different effects that also evoke a variety of emotions, using natural and artificial lighting. Architects can manipulate a space by adding screens, stained glass, etc to make an area reminiscent of a forest in Finland or the sunset in New Mexico. The simple tricks, like using brick and wood to stimulate warmth, are the things that bring us mental and sensual pleasure without trying. It is something that make us feel welcome and at home. Whether you prefer the warmer side of design or the cooler side of design, lighting can change it all. For instance, if the area has plentiful shade and cooler colors, it is seen as a chilly room. Which to some, fits right in with them and brings them psychological relief.
Though it may be obvious, the change of seasons has a dramatic effect on lighting and the way it is portrayed. In North Carolina, especially, the bright summer sun is, or so it seems, hotter, higher, and the light is a little bit hazier. It is so humid especially in this area of the United States that when I began to think about it, it made perfect sense. Also, I realized that the reason I probably do not like the winter months, besides the obvious fact of it being cold, is that the light out tends to be more gray and a little bit more dreary compared to summer, or even spring and fall. The light being affected by the time of year is a concept that when you think about it, it makes perfect sense, it is just like an extended view of the daily changes you witness from dawn to dusk. Light can also be transformed by ornamentation. In harsher climates, as the reading showed, you can add a touch of gold to an existing gray backdrop and it adds the sense of comfort that you did not have before.
After reading this article, it has opened my eyes to the reactions we subconsciously have to lighting and the manipulation of lighting. It is very interesting to realize that what you may think is as simple as lighting is actually a little more complex than you think, it has the ability to change your mood, your perception, and even your feel of a space.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
So, over the past few years, I've become an addict of the Avett Brothers. And today, this particular lyric has been on my mind all day. I'm determined to let this outlook be my motivation throughout this semester. I'm typically worried about other peoples work and how my work doesn't even compare to theirs. But I shouldn't. I should be letting who I am come across in the work that I put out. I guess you could call this my new year resolution. New semester, new year, new outlook.