Lighting Design as a Universal Design Strategy to Support Functional Visual Environments

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Abstrakt

The visual environment that surrounds us all makes us able to understand and interpret the world we live in. One of the most important players in that field is light. In general, it is useful for all of us to have aesthetic, appropriate and well-functioning lighting conditions. Research has shown that when it comes to visually impaired and hearing-impaired people it is of crucial importance in order to make their daily lives work and being self-reliant. Based on this research rules and regulation in a Danish context is studied to see how lighting design can support Universal Design in general and the specific users need in particular as described in the user organisations guidelines to accessibility. The regulations often focus on the quantitative aspects like light levels and the uniformity of the light. They certainly are important aspects however, they are not sufficient for users with specific needs. This point to the need for a broader approach to lighting design where the quantitative aspects meet the qualitative in order to fulfil a successful Universal Design of the visual environment. This paper present a general discussion on lighting design strategies and their impact on aesthetics and functionality of the visual environment based on classic theories on lighting design describe by Richard Kelly, William M. C. Lam and Hervé Descottes. These strategies are put in relation to the overall concept of the Universal Design principles and the guidelines outlined by The Danish Association of the Blind to support a visual stimulating environment.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelTransforming our World Through Design, Diversity and Education : Proceedings of Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress 2018
RedaktørerGerald Craddock, Cormac Doran, Larry McNutt, Dónal Rice
Antal sider8
Vol/bind256
UdgivelsesstedAmsterdam
ForlagIOS Press
Publikationsdato30 okt. 2018
Sider752-759
ISBN (Trykt)978-1-61499-922-5
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-1-61499-923-2
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 30 okt. 2018
BegivenhedUniversal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress - Dublin, Irland
Varighed: 30 okt. 20182 nov. 2018

Konference

KonferenceUniversal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress
LandIrland
ByDublin
Periode30/10/201802/11/2018
NavnStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Vol/bind256
ISSN0926-9630

Emneord

  • Lighting design concepts, visual environment, accessibility, lighting standards, visually impaired

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  • Citationsformater

    Mathiasen, N., & Frandsen, A. K. (2018). Lighting Design as a Universal Design Strategy to Support Functional Visual Environments. I G. Craddock, C. Doran, L. McNutt, & D. Rice (red.), Transforming our World Through Design, Diversity and Education: Proceedings of Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress 2018 (Bind 256, s. 752-759). IOS Press. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics Bind 256 https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-923-2-752