Light. An essential physiological and psychological need, to make things visible, to dispel darkness, to live. Life without light is inconceivable. Space acquires different dimensions in the myriad ways in which light, natural or artificial, fills it.
In built environment, lighting calls for multi-perspectival thinking combining aesthetics, creativity, technology, environmental consciousness and energy efficiency. International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) brought together budding architects and engineers of Manipal Academy of Higher Education for a two-day Light Workshop focusing on Design Thinking and Architectural Lighting. Students of Manipal School of Architecture and Planning (MSAP) and Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) participated in the hands-on experiential learning events held at the university campus.
The collaborative workshop involved teaching through light installations that incorporate a blend of lighting techniques, technologies and luminous hues. The creative approach with public demonstrations on how built environment can be enhanced through lighting helped decode the rather intensive and technical subject. The workshop fostered synergies not only between students of the two university institutions, but their interactions with industry professionals, technicians, mentors and professors.
Such efforts aimed at exploring light-people-space relationships propel students in the direction of Sustainable Development Goals towards shaping sustainable cities and communities.