- a designer's guide to a richer more sustainable visual palette.
Revealing the vital role that darkness and contrast plays in a sustainable, balanced and
restorative architectural environment through research, theory and case
Philosopher in Meditation (1632)Rembrandt
Over the last decade sustainable design has embraced daylighting as a crucial element of a healthy, energy efficient and inspiring interior space. Yet spaces that deliberately incorporate darkness should be an equally vital part of a healthy and balanced visual experience. But what is darkness; A lack of light? A surface with low reflectance? A reduction in visual information? Or maybe a visual pause in a well composed scene?
The purpose of this talk is to explore “luminance-based-design” from the inside out, by basing design decisions on human visual perception including visual adaptation. By understanding and analyzing lower end luminance (darkness) we establish a foundation for luminance contrast ratios that generates a richer, balanced visual experience. By exploring darkness, designers learn to craft spaces that express the full range of human visual experience.
Edward Bartholomew, LC, LEED AP, IES
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