Team Susanna

Ece Ozerdem – Improve Light | Improve life in refugee camps

The presentation aims to address the lighting needs of transitional settlements, such as refugee camps, and explore how solar-powered LEDs can play a role in improving inhabitants’ daily lives.
Following complex conflicts, human rights violations, and natural disasters, people flee to the nearest refugee camps to survive. In these camps, the priority is to help refugees maintain their dignity, and assist them with their vital needs. Even though lighting is not often seen as a vital need, it actually is essential. Light enables people to carry out basic visual tasks, and it is also needed for security, education, and for economic reasons. By providing appropriate lighting for these different programs, as well as inside the domestic shelters, daily life can become more livable for refugees.

Ece Ozerdem holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Istanbul Bilgi University and recently graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. She has served internships in the field of Building Technology, Construction site, Architecture and Art. Since June 2017, she has been working for L’Observatoire International in New York City as a Junior Designer.

Sudtida Benchahiransak – Shrinking the bubble: lighting design to reduce stress in densely populated spaces 

The presentation focuses on finding a lighting solution that can counteract the anxiety associated with loss of personal space in a crowded situation. I am referring to an issue that is of primary concern in urban areas and that can have a strong impact on many people. Because the vast majority of people live in a very small part of the world’s surface area, and especially in the cities, crowding occurs more frequently in urban environments. Each individual’s personal space becomes invaded easily and it can lead to a social problem such as crowding. One of the most negative consequences of being crowded is high stress. Therefore, the improvement of life quality and providing psychological comfort in densely populated space is necessary. For this reason, I want to see what potential light might have in reducing stress without changing the degree of crowding in the urban environment.

Sudtida Benchahiransak has been pursuing her calling as a designer from an early age, exploring fashion, jewelry design, fine arts, and most recently, architectural lighting. She has a strong eye for aesthetics with an acute attention to detail that never rests. During her time at Parsons, her desire to know more led her to want to know more about the technical aspects of design, to becoming involved in several research efforts, and to conducting field experiments to contribute to the continuing development of the professional practice of lighting design. She currently works as a lighting designer at LOOP Lighting in NYC, working on a variety of projects, ranging from hospitality to corporate and residential.

Safe and sound above the ground: lighting plan to diminish aeronautical accidents during landing caused by light pollution close

During approach and landing phases at night or under low-visibility flight conditions, light pollution is causing spatial disorientation in aircraft pilots; illusions such as the black hole effect leads pilots to believe they are higher than they really are, thus increasing risks during landing procedures. In daylight, glint and glare caused by solar reflections from surfaces such as large solar parks located close to flight paths cause discomfort and give rise to disability glare for pilots. This problem has been addressed by the aviation industry as it represents a safety hazard; however, it needs to be taken more seriously by aviation regulators. The main purpose of this paper is to show that the negative effect of light sources inside the cockpit is a significant but insufficiently explored cause of accidents and mishaps. “Safe and sound above the ground” is a lighting plan to prevent aircraft accidents during landing caused by light pollution around airports and runways.

Xiomara Alejandra Alfaro Acosta is a professional industrial designer who graduated from the Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano in 2014, and a creative and passionate person with experience in product and lighting design projects. She is currently studying Architectural Lighting Design at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. The creative process she applies begins with empathy with the customer and continues by giving life to ideas with pencil and paper. She uses light as a way to materialize ideas through non-tactile, kinesthetic energy; when light touches a surface, it gives rise to many emotions and reactions. Xiomara’s philosophy is to use light as a way of creating connections between all living things and the universe.