Urban darkness (2): materials can passively lit the city

The efficiency and energy savings of public lighting are currently very hardly debated subjects and the general understanding supported by the lighting design practice agree that there is more to street lighting than percentage, figures, charts, calculations and statistics alone. The nighttime public lighting is a more complex argument: an increasing numbers of papers and…Read more »

Lighting + Nature (1): the garden

Designing a garden is related to the composition and combination of spaces and shapes. It is this intelligent play of assembled volumes that can be perceived by the juxtaposition of shadows and light reflected by the objects of the garden in order to give the human beings the visual perception of the space. As an…Read more »

Lighting + Nature (2): Algae bio-powering light

Increased awareness of the environmental effect of using fossil fuels as well as government targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions have resulted in an increased interest in methods of harnessing solar energy. Traditional techniques are based around the photovoltaic effect and have been successfully developed to produce a commercially viable product. More interesting for a…Read more »