• Ioana Fartadi Scurtu
4. Term, Lighting Design (Master Programme)
The notion of “biophilia” refers to our innate and genetically determined affinity to nature. Despite having numerous benefits on our well-being and on how we perceive our environments, facts proven by a significant amount of scientific research, biophilia in the sphere of lighting design is a relatively untapped niche. Therefore, this thesis seeks to investigate the combination of biophilic patterns with modern technology with the intention to implement them in socially-inactive urban spaces as a mean of fast and effective revitalization. The overall goal is to establish new knowledge on creating, implementing and fine-tuning biophilic dynamic light projections. Through an extensive literature & case study review, design experimentation and atmosphere perception test, valuable knowledge on the notions of “preference for biophilic patterns”, “visual complexity”, “speed of change” and “value-add of interactivity” was developed. It is concluded that biophilic patterns are more positively perceived than their non-biophilic counterparts. Moreover, overall preference for complexity lies at a low to medium degree, while with speed of change, it is overall determined that a low value is inherently more pleasant, with negative consequences on the perception of atmosphere if increased. Additionally, adding the possibility to interact with the biophilic pattern provides overall better perception of safety and atmosphere. On the creation of patterns, the author recommends solutions based on the size of the space: with video projectors and the software Processing as ideal for small-scale implementation, while gobo projectors are recommended for large-scale projects.
Publication date31 May 2018
Number of pages87
ID: 280136415