Contextualizing Light

Lighting Design Solutions in a Changing World


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SpecificationsISBN: 978-1-943532-20-9 Binding: Hard Bound Pages: 424pp Publication Date: Spring 2019 Size: 8.5″ x 11″ portrait World Rights: Available

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This book examines how the context of a project can provide a causative force for creating an appropriate architectural lighting design solution. Why should the lighting w orld be flat, and at the cost of the amazing variety of local nuances and ideas that can be incorporated into the architectural design process and solutions? Why are we looking to build an illuminated world at night that looks similar to other places? When did darkness become bad? Should the dialog not be about embracing the differences in culture, design approach, and other conditions that each region of the world provides, while embracing light as a universal medium? How do the new lighting technologies impact our evolving zeitgeist? These ideas and concepts are highlighted in the 18 essays written by the author in this book. These are further illustrated with examples from over 80 completed projects spread over 23 countries in the past 18 years of being in practice. Through this treatise, the author also shares ground-breaking research on where he discusses a holistic approach for using lighting to create spaces for health & wellness.


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Abhay M Wadhwa, founder and design principal of AWA Lighting Designers, sees lighting beyond its conventional purpose. Here, he crafts a story using lighting design and technology to create moments of experience, which factor into the psyche and emotions of those who work, live, or visit the spaces designed by AWA. While doing so, he is seeking innovative solutions that challenge convention while augmenting the integrity of the architects’ vision. In doing so, pragmatic lighting design nestles comfortably with artistry.




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Publication date

Spring 2019


8.5" x 11" portrait

World rights