Questions and Answers on Does the word TIMELESS apply to LIGHTING DESIGN?
Have you worked much with the natural environments, such as landscapes? What are your thoughts with the emotional aspects of lighting within these natural environments and human health?
Achieving positive emotional aspect is mostly good for our health. Landscape lighting projects I enjoy very much…but that’s where our full attention towards what’s good for people and what’s for environment comes into a big question. So, the solution is always the balance between the two. And it is all possible…but costly.
In a developing country like India where many different cultures co-exist, how can we create a lighting design that appeals to all culture?
Lighting influences much the same all human beings, regardless of nationality or culture.
What are the biggest constraints you face working with large-scale projects? Expectation, politics, monetary issues, etc.?
Were Philips/Signify products used for all of these amazing projects?
How can you "sell" the concept of timeless in projects that for the investors or clients are not the case or that they are not interested in investment in lighting design?
Very difficult but not impossible. If there is at least a bit of enthusiasm from the part of investor it will happen at the end.
Can the architectural lighting design be developed further with advanced software?
Software, hardware, sources, lamps are nothing but tools that creative person has at his disposal.
What is he going to do with it, is up to him? Creativity is the key; tools are just tools. More tools we have, more we can do, if we know what to do.
I live in Delhi, one of the biggest cities in India. There is easily a lot of light pollution. How can design lighting not add to the light pollution yet stay unique?
If we have exterior lighting there is almost always going to be some light that reflects to the sky, if this is the light pollution we are talking about? But I’m more concerned about lighting noise that is created by everyone who only understands the quantitative part of light. If “90% of buildings in the world are not architecture” (Peter Eisenman) than 99.9% of lighting in the world is not designed but simply installed. Education is the key.
In the current scenario, how do you think can lighting design experiences be taught in the studios?
My personal experience in this job is truly hands on, from napkin to final focusing. Focusing of lighting is one of the essential parts of our job. Sometimes it completely changes the outcome, so the conclusion is that it is very difficult to learn unless you are on the job site.
Where can I find the reference for your diagram on seasonal change, influences, and nocturnal activities?
We did it in our studio so you can’t find it anywhere.
What inspires you to create?
Usually, it is just Genius Loci.
How do you weigh function over the experience?
This is a little contradictory, isn’t it? Function is a given, experience is gained through time and work.
So maybe you are asking how can we achieve the given function in different ways through experience?
How much visualization helps in creating the experience with lighting?
They are necessary more for the client than it is for us. Lighting designer should be able to visualize the final outcome without computers, clients on the other hand usually cannot, so visual presentations are the key to explain to the clients our intentions and ideas.
How can we manipulate existing lighting in urban cities to make some new lighting design concepts/systems?
First we convince the mayor of the necessity of upgrading, we educate all those decision makers to give a go, the rest is easy.
How will personalized lighting change at the task level? Do you see this as timeless as well? Do you see SMART technology as integral to personalized experience?
I think it will be nice to have a personal control over our lighting no matter where we are, but that is possible only if we are alone in the room.
Well, the word “smart” can very often become “stupid” ….I don’t like things to be smarter than me, because than I lose control over it…so personalization and smart too often don’t fit together.