PLDC, ROME 56 PROFILE
Abu Dhabi’s lighting design standards. Poorly designed
and inconsistent lighting, whatever its measured
illuminance, is being phased out in the emirate, and
guidelines – not rules – are set to precipitate a cohesive,
appealing scheme. The standards are, in large part, a
response to the existing conditions, and are important
educational tools for designers and engineers alike.
Perhaps what all these designers and academics are
really hinting at is a call to be better educated and
more conscious of the factors that contribute to a
successful design. Abbondandolo’s brief history lesson
set the tone for the week: be reverent of what you
are creating and mindful of the perspective you are
providing. Understand the physiological changes that
occur within the human body in the course of the day,
and the implications of interfering with them. We have
found a new metric to use in judging our spaces, and
it will develop over time into a language not unlike the
one we use today. We are told not to forget shadow or
the beauty of liminal twilight.
As we gain more knowledge of our craft through
academic and technological enlightenment, the lighting
industry will continue to advance at a breakneck pace.
The motto for PLDC 2017 is particularly apt: ‘shift
happens’. Are you ready?
The modern notion of theatre-
cum-architectural space, visible
on the subway in Rome