To celebrate 2015 being the UNESCO International Year of Light, the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) undertook an ambitious project to “light-map” the UK and Ireland by illuminating a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites for one night only, The Night of Heritage Light (NoHL).
On 9 October 2015 the German Physical Society (DPG) organized a meeting between National Node representatives of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) at the Magnus Haus in Berlin, Germany. The focus of the meeting was to exchange best practices examples of IYL 2015 activities and events, resulting sustainable development and possible further cooperative actions for the future.
One of my favourite things about working with light-based art is its endless capacity to surprise and delight people from all walks of life. Light transcends language barriers, appeals to all ages, and doesn’t require a degree in art history to appreciate its beauty, or how innovatively it can be used.
The countdown has already started: we are on the final 100 days of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). So far, the IYL 2015 has already reached over a hundred countries and millions of people worldwide with activities taking place on all continents.
Light is pervasive and inspiring and many people around the world has channeled their inspiration to promote IYL 2015 in many artistic ways to reach out wider crowds.
In 2014, there were an estimated 230+ high-rise building set to be erected in London, many of them residential. As much as that benefits the skyline, businesses and future tenants, it can be detrimental in terms of natural light. While such towering buildings cast perpetual shadow on the streets below, it can also be tenants who suffer from a lack of daylight.
As the demand for such buildings shows no sign of dying down, the burden of providing light is heavy on the shoulders of architects. It’s an accepted fact that natural light improves happiness and wellbeing. In fact a lack of it can result in Sick Building Syndrome (symptoms including fatigue, nausea and skin irritation). Considerate planning is therefore an increasing necessity.