Light zone city : light planning in the urban context by Christa van Santen

By Christa van Santen

The face of the nocturnal city is marked decisively by way of gentle, and the quantity and diversity of the sunshine assets is expanding to the purpose of «light terror.» A well-lit city area may be very inviting, giving citizens and viewers a feeling of health and safety. A winning lighting fixtures layout may also provide town at evening an id of its personal and intensify architectural features.

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2 If you look along the path of the light, the lack of shadow means that no relief effect is created. With a detailed facade that is illuminated from one side, the viewer has to look from the opposite standpoint. 3 Fagades on the water often have beautiful reflections. When a facade is illuminated, the lights must be placed close enough to the wall that the light does not hit the water first, making reflections of the water appear on the fagade. 4 An example of light-source spectra as provided by the manufacturers.

If the in the foreground is lit so strongly light shines out from inside the in comparison to its plinth that it building, a natural appearance is cre- appears to be floating. The wall ated; however, when the illumination behind the foremost tympanum is from outside lights up the interior, illuminated too strongly, which this creates a 'ghostly' effect. A disturbs the balance, because the degree of nuance for each house eye is automatically drawn to the front would be appropriate here. brightest point in the field of vision.

The historical monument has been treated with care, so that the lighting creates a coherent overall picture. Public Lighting 37 1/2 Passeig Llui's Companys in Barcelona is a pedestrian area. The streetlights are an element of the elongated space that is oriented toward the Arc. Readers make frequent use of the benches under the lampposts, even after dark. 3/4 Two old decorative lampposts form the central point of this enclosed neighbourhood square in the district of El Born (La Ribera) in Barcelona, during the daytime and at night.

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