Mary Ann Steane has been commissioned by Routledge to write a book about the architecture of light.
An appraisal of lighting strategies is always potentially an appraisal of
ideas about space, about spatiality, about how lighting can orchestrate form
and movement, and about how the visual environment shapes patterns of human
occupation. Unlike reference books that offer detailed guidance on the
technical background to lighting design, or works in which the role of light
has been appraised either in very general terms by taking an overview of a
large number of historical and contemporary buildings, or more narrowly from
the perspective of aesthetics, this book examines contemporary approaches to
light by offering a series of in-depth studies of projects from across the
globe. Concentrating on more recent work it aims to compare and contrast
modernist and contemporary attitudes to light and to give a nuanced
evaluation of these lighting strategies by setting them within their broader
topographic, climatic and cultural contexts.
The book, The Architecture of Light, was published by Routledge on 21 April 2011.