Light: Cities and Architecture is an exploration of architecture and urban design since the invention of electric lighting around the end of the 19th century.
The aim of the podcast is to explore how developments in lighting technology have influenced the built environment. As well we will look at key figures in both lighting design and architecture to best understand the interrelationship between these industries.
The podcast is based on individual research by Jackson Stigwood a lighting designer from A Billion Suns and Antony DiMase a practicing architect at DiMase Architects.
24-hour cities: Disappearance of the night-time sky.
In Episode 5 Antony and Jackson delve into the delights and mysteries of the night time sky and the impact that light pollution is having on our connection to the stars and colours of the sky at night. Since the advent of electric lighting and urbanisation of our cities we have slowly filled our cities with more and more outdoor electric lights. Increasingly we rely on lighting, advertising, technology for entertainment, human connection and storytelling. However, our evolution has for millennia relied on the simple day night rhythm that is deeply embedded in our DNA. By removing darkness from our lives, we lose connection to our spiritual lives, we affect our physical and mental health and we impact flora and fauna to a frightening extent. In this our (difficult) fifth episode Jackson and Antony once again attempt to navigate the impact of abundant electric lighting in our cities. We delve into the consequences of losing the night from our lives and what it might mean for we humans.
New York City's Fight for Light - Urban Planning and Daylight
In episode 4, we explore the daylight in the urban context of big cities and the backlash that happens when we build tall buildings in close proximity. The urban realm at ground level is compromised and the effects are felt for generations. New York has progressively tried to provide planning regulations to limit the effect of daylight at ground level and the story of New York involves those who wish to see development thrive and those who want to see the public realm retained as a livable healthy place for people to thrive.
Christmas Lighting Special
Podcast 3 explores the origins of Christmas lighting. There are many interpretations of how the Christmas tradition evolved, and what most of these versions have in common is that Christmas came about as a way of bringing people together during the coldest & darkest days of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. In this episode Antony and Jackson discuss how the traditions have been adopted by different communities all over the world, the rivalries between neighbours that play out during this time, and how the advent of electricity transformed the celebration into a cacophony of glowing light.
Richard Kelly, Mies Van de Rohe & Philip Johnson - The birth of architectural lighting design.
Podcast 2 ventures into the birthplace of lighting design. Antony and Jackson discuss three important figures in the history of Lighting Design. Mies Van de Rohe, Philip Johnson and Richard Kelly. With the arrival of glass boxes in the mid 20th Century – lighting faced some new difficulties and challenges. How exactly does one light a glass box reveals the importance of lighting design to solve problems that architects had previously never encountered before. While the work of Mies and Johnson is revered – it is Kelly who is relatively unknown outside of lighting circles – who resolved the detail resolution of lighting space and architecture to create a wholly new discipline of design.
A Brief History of Light in Cities and Architecture
Hi and welcome to first LC&A podcast presented by Antony DiMase and Jackson Stigwood. In this episode we start at the very beginning and explore the historical relationship between light and architecture. The journey then continues through the introduction of electricity to cities and the commercialization of the incandescent bulb. Moving into the 20th century we discuss various forms of lamp technology and the social impact it has had on cities around the world. We conclude by taking a brief look at what our cities look like today and what they may be like in the future.