Sunday, March 2, 2008

On daylight-saving time and circadian rhythms

Check out this interesting article which discusses the impact of daylight-saving time on your body's internal clock.

Also this article on 'clock genes' and circadian rhythms by the University of Utah's Genetic Science Learning Center. And this one which talks about how "we can't touch time, or smell it. Yet it is utterly inescapable. But, research shows, time is - at least partly - something we control in our head".

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Total Lunar Eclipse

Did you see the lunar eclipse starting 8:43pm on February 28, 2008?

Lights at Night Are Linked to Breast Cancer

Did you know that a recent finding adds credence to the hypothesis that exposure to too much light at night can raise the risk of breast cancer by interfering with the brain's production of a tumor-suppressing hormone. Read more at :

Monday, January 28, 2008

Medical Myth

Did you know that common perception that reading in dim light ruins your eyesight is a medical myth!

Sketch Series One

We hope that you have started your Sketch Series One:

Choose an interior place that you will record through the whole semester. Observe how light changes throughout the day. Observe how light changes through the seasons from winter to spring to summer. Note how the space ‘feels’ or ‘works’. Sketch your observations; study the change in light, shadows, color, texture, activities in this space.

Document this place once every two weeks (every week is better!) close to the following days from the same viewpoint/s: January 19, February 2, February 16, March 1, March 15, March 29, April 12, April 26.

Light Quotes

Colors are the deeds and sufferings of light: Goethe

We are all light-eaters! : James Turrell

Light is not so much something that reveals, as it is itself the revelation: James Turrell

Use the light that is within you to regain your natural clearness of sight: Lao-Tzu

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Light Model

After the visit to the Natural Science Center and from your understanding of light so far, design an interior space 12’x12’x12’ in volume.

Determine the functional use of this space best suited to the lighting quality. Make a physical model of this space (at least 1’=1” scale) to be exhibited in the Studio Arts Building. This model should allow one to observe/ inspect/ examine the lighting effects inside the model.

Post process images from your light model as you start working on it.

Interior Lighting Design

Light Revealing Experience:

Think of ways light has shaped your experience of a space. Select an image that moved/ inspired/ intrigued/ awed you.

(The selections can be viewed on the links to your blogs on the right)