Light in Architecture explores the role of light in buildings throughout history and the many disparate ways in which architects have approached the phenomenon around the world. Translated and updated from the best-selling Spanish original, this book highlights the significance of light on human perception by examining the ways in which it can be harnessed and manipulated to achieve particular objectives or experiences - and tackles the fallacy that 'more' light necessarily means 'better' light. With increasing relevance to modern urbanism, it also considers what happens when we build in or around pre-existing architecture - how light can be improved, restored or even destroyed in the process. Extensively researched and beautifully illustrated, Light in Architecture offers a fascinating study of how a greater understanding of this intangible, freely available material can improve our built environment and quality of life.
Elisa Valero Ramos is an award-winning architect who runs a cutting-edge practice in Granada, Spain. Author of five books, she is also a university professor with an international reputation for her specialism in natural light. Having studied, researched, practised and taught on the subject for over 20 years, Elisa has led various governmental research projects and has been invited to teach at a number of universities around the world - most recently at London South Bank University and the AA School of Architecture. Elisa is based at the University of Granada and is currently undergoing a study into the effects of natural light on human wellbeing.
Part I: The Role of Light in Architecture 1. The Importance of Light, 2. Light and Geography, 3. Light as an Instrument for Abstraction, Part II: Working with Light in Architecture, 4. Natural Light: Bringing the Outside, Inside, 5. Filtered Light: Creating Atmosphere, 6. Focused light: Shadowplay. Part III: Light in Architecture from Past to Present 7. Light and Architectural Inheritance, 8. Artificial Light: The Great Invention, 9. Light Today: From Real to Right.
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