Material Light ::Light Material

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Friday, April 7, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 7:00pm


Rudolph Hall See map
180 York Street
New Haven, CT 06511

This symposium, convened by Michelle Addington, will challenge the increasing normalization of homogeneous environments through an exploration of the behavior of light and its interaction with human perception. The design disciplines have approached light through the design of lighting, i.e., light as determined by tangible artifacts that over-privileges planar materials. By assuming that lighting is the resultant of constituent properties and surfaces, this approach neglects the contingency of perception. Light, however, is both an instrumental means and a performative end and, as such, the most strategic use of materials would be as discretionary interventions at the micron scale to facilitate the movement of light. Light is at the nexus of the physical and the physiological, the material and the virtual, the formal and the phenomenal. How do we invert our normative approach and design what we see by designing what we can't see?

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Keynote Address: Kazuyo Sejima

Michelle Addington, Marilyne Andersen, James Carpenter, Julie Dorsey, Anna Dyson, Billie Faircloth, Kasper Jensen, Sheila Kennedy, Margaret Livingstone, Jennifer Tipton, Michael Young

This symposium is supported in part by t he generosity of Gerald D. Hines and Hines Interests Limited Partnership and the Hines Fund for Research in Sustainable Architectural Design.

Hastings Hall is equipped with assisted hearing devices for guests using hearing aids that have a "T" coil .