Ana Tanveer – Big Questions, little answers: lighting for autistic people
What do we really know about designing for autistic individuals? Those concerned with sensory issues are split on some solutions. They argue for autism classrooms or schools mimicking all the colours, sounds, lighting, and spatial volumes of “neuro-typical” environments. So, who is right?
The truth is we don’t know. Numerous studies strongly suggest that daylight aids cognitive abilities and improves overall health. Many architects have designed autism schools but what about homes? We need fresh strategies and technologies to make light healthier for all. It is a human right to have a comfortable environment. However, lighting designers need to find a solution.
Ana Tanveer is an Interior Designer and a Lighting Designer, and a philanthropist who is looking for a creative working environment in which to develop enlightened designs for clients’ spaces. She believes light can enhance the storytelling of a space and connect the users of the space to their immediate environment.
Ana studied Interior Design at the Lahore College for Women University in Pakistan from 2012 to 2016 and worked as an Interior Designer in Pakistan before studying Lighting Design & LED Technology at the Politecnico di Milano from 2017 to 2018 and serving an internship at ÅF Lighting in Stockholm.
Jessica Collier – Perception of metrics: the intersection of colour characteristics and qualities guided by preference
LED technology has redefined the way designers approach many aspects of lighting design, from color and controllability, to creating healthy living environments. Consequently, these new functions and capabilities have led to the development of a more complex language surrounding descriptions and specifications of light sources. As these light sources enter the consumer market and are more commonly used in residential applications, it is critical that the information presented to consumers is clear and correctly correlated with the consumer’s perception of the source, and thoughtfully communicated.
This work attempts to resolve a disconnect in the gap between consumer education and the expanding palette of products by translating the metrics of a source into a description of the qualities and attributes desired for a specific application. Multiple experiments were conducted to correlate the metrics behind a source and the associated visual perception in order to develop a database that can be used to provide a visual description of a light source. This database can be continually developed and utilized by manufacturers, designers, and consumers so all parties have an approachable and comfortable way of talking about lighting.
Jessica Collier is a lighting designer, who graduated from Parsons The New School for Design with a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design in May 2018. Before embarking on a career in lighting, she studied Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her current research examines the relationship between LED light source performance metrics and subsequent human perception of the sources in space. More broadly, other research interests are product development and evaluation. Besides her studies and research, Jessica has been working for Jan & Brooke since 2014 as a Junior Designer.
Shashank Singal – Daylight as a tangible determinant of architectural design
Cities are great cultural, economic mixers that force people of varied backgrounds to live close to one another. Large cities are constantly evolving. One reason for this is the constant need to accommodate more people, hence tear down old buildings and build taller buildings and create increasingly dense areas. In this ever growing need for space, climatic considerations, primarily daylighting, often get overlooked.
This paper presents a method for embedding daylighting considerations as a tangible factor in the design of architecture. Various factors including the interior and exterior use of available daylight, glare prevention and daylight harvesting techniques are considered in the development of a points system for ranking buildings for their skilled use of available daylight, which is ultimately converted into subsidies or taxes, encouraging architecture to be conscious of its occupants as well as its context.
Shashank Singal holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi and a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from Parsons The New School for Design. In June 2018 he started working for Buro Happold, where he is working on architectural lighting designs for institutional projects, museums and office buildings, as well as analyzing daylight in the same buildings.