• Hala Nabi
  • Annabelle Josephine Hill
4. Term, Lighting Design (Master Programme)
This thesis investigates how lighting can support people’s well-being in urban environments by designing lighting projections using biophilic principles and conducting mixed-method testing. Biophilic principles or biophilia refers to the concept that people are innately connected with nature and through interacting with nature or analogues of nature, people may experience positive emotions including relaxation and delight. Through an extensive literature review, design process and testing this thesis answers the research question “How can biophilic lighting projections in urban spaces increase people’s connection to nature, and cultivate positive emotions including relaxation and delight to improve wellbeing?”. The design process resulted in four biophilic projection options that were then tested using electroencephalogram (EEG) quantitative methods as well as qualitative surveys using an adapted Discrete Emotion Questionnaire with ratings and open questions. An extensive analysis was conducted on the results and the findings were applied to a final design proposal. The findings offer a way to test and analyse EEG results in the context of atmosphere and emotions as well as insights into people’s responses to biophilic patterns and colour schemes. The testing results also propose indications that biophilic colour schemes (sunsets) have more positive effects on people’s moods that standard RGB colours. While the results of biophilic patterns as compared to non-biophilic patterns were less clear, they still indicated support for the hypothesis that biophilic patterns are more relaxing and delightful for people than non-biophilic patterns. Overall, the testing provides a foundation for further testing of biophilic design principles using EEG and the proposed final design offers a solution, supported by indicative testing, to apply biophilic lighting projections in urban contexts to support people’s mood and well-being.
Publication date2022
Number of pages109
ID: 471375649