Congresos de la Universitat Politècnica de València, 2º Congreso Internacional ACC: Arte, Ciencia, Ciudad

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PERIPHERAL APPEARANCES: THE EXPERIENCE OF COLORED LIGHT IN THE URBAN OUTDOORS
Ute Besenecker

Última modificación: 26-10-2015

Resumen


A review of contemporary architectural publications reveals that the use of color in architectural design and the urban environment has increased over the past two decades. With the advent of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), the methods for incorporating color into the built environment are currently undergoing a vast transition. Due to the ease of application and programming, colored and color-changing lighting is frequently used in the illumination of building facades and urban spaces. We conducted a small pilot field observation during a public urban light art festival to gain insights in the use of colored light in urban environments. The experiences of four visitors within the same urban spaces during the festival and after the festival were documented using video and sound recordings. After the walks, interviews were conducted to learn about the subjective experiences of each participants. Light and color measurements were taken by the experimenter along the way. The results documented the impact of color and colored light to transform urban space and the experience of the surrounding environment on several sensory levels. They also gave insight how use of color and colored light could be improved and be used in future urban designs, both in temporary and permanent installations.

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