Potentials of light in urban spaces defined through scenographic principles

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In urban spaces, lighting is often designed based on legal requirements that
ensure it is possible to navigate and feel safe. This article examines how
scenographic principles for the use of lighting in the theatre can provide
inspiration for designing lighting that supports everyday activities in urban
spaces. In scenography, light is a poetic tool that enhances the experience,
which can be defined as a relation between the actor, the space, and the light.
Hereby, the light creates an atmosphere that amplifies the drama. The focus
of this article is to investigate whether it is possible to use scenographic principles to create a connection between space, people, and light.
Through a literature search, theories are explored within scenography, urban
design, social science, and lighting design. A literature analysis leads to the
definition of the architectural and social potential of light. The aim is that
these potentials will inspire the design of lighting in the urban context by
including the visual connection among people, space, and light, which we
know from the theatre, and thereby provide an improved visual and social
experience of the illuminated urban space.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApproaches and Methods : Architectural Research
EditorsAnne Elisabeth Toft, Magnus Rönn, Morgan Andersson
Number of pages19
PublisherNordic Academic Press of Architectural Research
Publication dateAug 2021
ISBN (Print)978-91-983797-5-4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021
EventNAF Symposium - Gøteborg , Sweden
Duration: 13 Jun 201914 Jun 2019


ConferenceNAF Symposium
SeriesNAF/NAAR Proceedings Series

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ARQ and Chalmers University of Technology, Building Design


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