Cover: In Praise of Shadows reminds us that focusing on the qualities of light and darkness in Japanese culture
makes us question the tradition of light and darkness in our own. Picture: Takuro Kikuchi. See page 50.
18 The smart towers shaped by ancient wisdom
For 700 years, the mashrabiya has regulated light and heat in Middle Eastern buildings. Arup
explains how it created a 21st century version for an Abu Dhabi landmark building.
32 The artist and the architect
Light artist Steven Scott and architect Kim Herfourth Nielsen discuss a collaboration that
spans almost 20 years.
40 A happy union of light and sky
Houghton Hall at Norfolk in the UK recently staged an exhibition of works by James Turrell.
Lighting designer Joe Geitner shares his personal impressions.
50 In Praise of Shadows
Jun’ichro Tanizaki’s In Praise of Shadows is a meditation on Japanese aesthetics. On the 50th
anniversary of his death, we publish some of his reflections on the subtle use of light and dark.
60 Office lighting comes full circle
The office lighting and architecture of the early 20th century could almost be a blueprint for
what designers and architects aspire to today.
74 The architect and the work lamp
The lamp designed by Bernard-Albin Gras for factories and offices might not have achieved its
design status had it not been spotted and championed by Le Corbusier.
80 Design File
From a giant piece of street furniture in London’s Old Street to a bar at which James Bond
would be happy to hang his Walther PPK, don’t miss these inspiring and innovative projects.
104 Future classics
We reckon these turn-of-the-millennium designs will stand the test of time and earn their
places as lighting classics for future generations.
Grids, sails, frames and size are the themes to ponder in this issue’s collection of inspiring
projects from around the world.
138 Sketchbook: Light’s non-visual effects – a known unknown
Lighting Design House principal Mary Rushton-Beales argues that rather than bingeing on
light, architects and lighting designers should follow a more balanced ‘light diet’.
An award-winning vision of a future skyscraper from Polish architectural practice BOMP that
encapsulates 11 gardens for the enjoyment of those who live in urban areas.
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