Saturday, December 21, 2019

I Really Enjoyed This Podcast By Rogier Van Der Heide

I really enjoyed this podcast by Rogier van der Heide. I am forever wandering around my house turning lights off and it s not just a money/planet saving action. Darkness is wonderful and important, it is the reason I put dimmers on almost every light switch on the plans for our new home. Without darkness, the concept of light doesn’t exist or at best without the contrast of darkness, light is not recognisable. The beauty of light could not be seen. Furthermore, the beauty and peace that comes from darkness wouldn’t be so if it weren’t for the contrast of light. I have also just watched the TED talk about introversion, identifying that the ‘yings’ and the ‘yangs’ are both required to have a complete experience. Heide speaks holistically of light quality. Light quality is not just about the bland, measurable approach we take ensuring we meet the imposed standards required for lighting particular spaces. I am left wondering why it is that we choose to power up a building with artificial light rather than use the light from the sun where possible. There are so many ways in which we can do this, why are we so reluctant? Is it easier to just thoughtlessly do what was once probably considered amazing and innovative? The more I think about it the more I would consider grid like lighting design senseless, unhealthy and unimaginative! Also, the sunlight is free, if that’s not good enough reason to utilise it then I don’t know what is! Furthermore, are we actually doing our eye

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