The lecture "Light in the Public Realm" will explore the potential of design to insert the experience of nature into the built environment at an urban scale. Light is the most ubiquitous of phenomena, it surrounds us and is ever-present yet it remains unexplored. James Carpenter will elucidate a collaborative approach to planning, design and materials sciences. Examples of the technical means and artistry deployed to reveal the presence of light will demonstrate the potential of transforming the individual’s understanding of, and connection to, their environment.
The work of James Carpenter Design Associates is motivated by a deeply held agenda that seeks to merge ecological and aesthetic goals by exploring the natural world to manifest its material, structural and environmental beauty in the built environment. The work is a synthesis of creative ideas and technical expertise that straddles the fields of art, architecture and engineering, while forging creative implementations of innovative technologies. Light in transmission, reflection and refraction as it is perceived, is the work’s initial inspiration, which becomes a guiding principal in designing a complete design project. The result is design that reestablishes and enriches the individual’s relationship with light and other natural phenomena within the urban environment.