Mini Guerrilla Lighting

Mini Guerrilla Lighting

Posted by on Jan 25, 2012 in Studio JU News | No Comments

Last night we went out with the torches and again, it was fun experiment. Many thanks go to Dot and the rest of the fabulous team: Goran, Vera, Ruxandra, Marinella, Like , Yang, Priyanka, Aknur, Adam, Gerald, Mark, Shima, Ivan, Katja, + 1 (sorry I don’t know your name). We probably only need one or ...

Main test stage 1

Main test stage 1

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in Studio JU News | No Comments

Today I did the first interview for the main test of stage one of my PhD. Two pilot studies consisting of 15 interviews should be enough to demonstrate an improvement in the method. I also tried various ways of ranking and ended up settling on one which has 10 possible pairs and 4 null conditions ...

Selby Road

Selby Road

Posted by on Jan 22, 2012 in Studio JU News | No Comments

A planning application for  an extension on Selby Road, has just been submitted. I cannot envisage any problems especially since the relatively large neighbour’s extension was approved however we shall see what, if any surprises the planners have in store for us. Perfect timing for the start of an exciting refurbishment project near Holland Park ...

Is Daylighting Still a Factor in Facade Design?

Is Daylighting Still a Factor in Facade Design?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in Studio JU News | No Comments

The answer was an irrevocable “yes”. This event was held at the Institute of Structural Engineer’s and was a joint meeting of the Society of Facade Engineering and the Daylighting Group, CIBSE. Dr Luisa Brotas  went through the daylight legislation,  which provided some useful revision. She also pointed out some existing anomolies, for example only ...

Light painting

Light painting

Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 in Studio JU News | No Comments

Here are some of the results of some light painting we did last night in Crookes Valley Park which is dark, providing a perfect canvas. Many thanks to Gloria, Jingjing (who took these photos) & Biao for their ideas & implementation.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Posted by on Jan 4, 2012 in Studio JU News | No Comments

Back from the holidays, which apart from the usual debauchery involved starting to draw up a planning application, the most interesting bit is working out how to best integrate the electric lighting with the skylight which will affect its form. I also did some interview practice by trying to avoid leading questions. For example, I ...

The Dark Art

The Dark Art

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Studio JU News | No Comments

Went to Manchester to listen to a presentation called “Light Design – The Dark Art” by a couple of BDP lighting designers, Chris Lowe & Philip Rafael. It was really good, and I agree with them that darkness is as important as light and that both should be designed together. They are just as baffled ...

Light up Sheffield

Light up Sheffield

Posted by on Dec 16, 2011 in Studio JU News | No Comments

The mini Guerilla lighting  (instigated by Dot Kuzniar & me) which took place last night was a great success. It was quite impromptu as we found a few more sites on our route.  Probably the most photogenic was the derelict warehouse off Brown Street. Many thanks to the Guerilla team: Biao Yang, Deniz Atli (her ...

New windows Willesden Green

New windows Willesden Green

Posted by on Dec 10, 2011 in Studio JU News | No Comments

The Architecture Foundation has organised a bunch of designers to revive Willesden High Road. One of them is Katja (playlight) who has lit a kabab shop called Soz. I went along to have a look at the very nice window weaving lit from below with what looked like very good quality warm white Osram LEDs. ...

Her Naked Skin

Her Naked Skin

Posted by on Dec 9, 2011 in Studio JU News | No Comments

I watched “Her Naked Skin” at the Bridewell theatre to see Nathan’s (GUMO lighting) lighting design and of course the play. The lighting was simple & powerful. He used a combination of filters: 708, 709, 372 & 733 (damp squib!). Although Nathan was rightly proud of his lighting of the force feeding scene, I felt ...

Right to Sunlight

Right to Sunlight

Posted by on Dec 9, 2011 in Studio JU News | No Comments

Went to Ealing council about a house extension I am working on. The duty planning officer was not happy about the extent of the extension to the rear, until I pointed out that my clients South West sunlight was going to be blocked irrevocably by the neighbours extension which had been approved. I wish there ...

Smart DC

Smart DC

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Studio JU News | No Comments

Attended a Smart DC scoping workshop. In very general terms, anything below the waist (whitegoods like washing machines) needs AC power, and anything above needs DC, including the lighting. I fully support the installation of DC infrastructures because so much energy is wasted in the conversion from DC to AC in domestic households, that it ...

Sunlight, Health and Circadian Rhythms – are these design issues?

Sunlight, Health and Circadian Rhythms – are these design issues?

Posted by on Dec 7, 2011 in Studio JU News | No Comments

At the CIBSE daylight group meeting I attended a triptych of talks from Richard Hobday (who wrote “The Healing Sun”), Becca Hoptof (one of those smart people who can explain science in laypersons terms) and John Mardaljevic explaining his pioneering Useful Dayight Illumanance concept. I think he should be funded by EPSRC to develop his ...

Hospital bed luminaire

Hospital bed luminaire

Posted by on Nov 29, 2011 in Studio JU News | No Comments

A Spanish lamp manufacturer came to discuss developing a hospital bed luminaire on the basis of my masters research into night lighting and hospitals. I gave him some design solution ideas which came from the process of doing night shifts & seeing the problem for myself. A number of people are telling me that I ...

Merlin ammunition

Merlin ammunition

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in Studio JU News | No Comments

Peter Boyce came to town and once again he has proved he is worth his weight in gold when it comes to practical advice on the MERLIN project. I will now start the main test of stage 1 of my PhD, with the confidence given by the knowledge that one of the godfathers of lighting ...

Why is it so bright? (It must be dodgy round here).

Why is it so bright? (It must be dodgy round here).

Posted by on Nov 3, 2011 in Studio JU News | No Comments

I’ve been measuring luminance & illuminance in areas of Sheffield selected by pilot study participants  to be be reassuring or not.  This sites chosen by the first randomly selected participant  show the darker areas to be more reassuring. I wonder if I am on my way to becoming a pseudo environmental psychologist. I wanted to ...

1st peer reviewed paper

1st peer reviewed paper

Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 in Studio JU News | No Comments

I just finished the final draft of my first peer reviewed journal paper which will be in  the Romanian Lighting Engineering Journal: INGINERIA ILUMINATULUI. The whole process has been a learning curve & I am realising how much of a skill precise academic writing is. It reminds me of preparing court documents with the objective ...

Theatre Lighting

Theatre Lighting

Posted by on Oct 30, 2011 in Studio JU News | No Comments

As an antidote to an overdose of theory, I’ve been stage lighting volunteering at the Crucible again. The most fun thing was fiddling with the colour balance of the MAC 700 Profile fixtures. Theatre luminaries are controlled remotely via DMX, which means that the effect of dimming and colour change can be easily seen immediately. ...

Mind the seagulls

Mind the seagulls

Posted by on Oct 29, 2011 in Studio JU News | No Comments

I am not advocating LED street lighting, but this is funny: http://www.gemmalighting.com/games/LEDStreetLighting/ (and is the optimum level of sophistication for my computer game ability, apart from “Bing Bong” by TED). Courtesy of Street Lighting UK Yahoo Group.

Lekki early days with Ecotect

Lekki early days with Ecotect

Posted by on Oct 28, 2011 in Studio JU News | No Comments

Attending Ecotect classes means that the Lekki residential project in Nigeria will test this type of modeling.  It is at outline design stage so a good time to do some basic thermal modelling.  The main issue is where to find climate data files for Lagos.