Light Revealing Architecture

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"The extraordinary range of architecture [presented by Millet] coupled with the author's lucid presentation of light as a rich and evocative part of design is central to what architects do, or ought to. This book fills a vast need for the design profession." -- M. Susan Ubbelohde, University of California, Berkeley "Marietta Millet takes us through ancient and contemporary buildings in a manner knowing and gracious, with a combination of universal principles and local details that informs and delights. This book will be a splendid contribution to the literature on lighting." -- John S. Reynolds, University of Oregon Published By John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

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Light Revealing Architecture Marietta S. Millet The emotional and physiological impact of lighting has become one of the leading issues in today’s design professions. In Light Revealing Architecture, nationally recognized authority Marietta Millet goes beyond fixtures and hardware, lumens and light bulbs to explore the timeless principles of lighting, as evidenced in architecture, by using examples ranging from ancient to contemporary buildings. Using over 400 illustrations — plans, sections, diagrams, and photos — Millet shows how specific lighting effects are achieved from an architectural approach. She does this while examining the meaning of light in relation to those inhabiting the space. In this groundbreaking book, Millet bridges gaps that currently exist between how architecture is taught in schools and what methods are practiced in the profession. She deftly examines the relationships among:

  • qualitative and quantitative aspects of lighting
  • the complementary use of daylighting and electric lighting
  • poetic and practical approaches to lighting
In each of four fascinating chapters, Millet explores a separate aspect of light:
  • In "Light Revealing Experience" she looks at ways in which light connects us to climate, time, and specific places and activities (such as reading).
  • In "Light Revealing Form" Millet discusses the formal, material, and structural aspects of buildings as they are revealed in light.
  • In "Light Revealing Space" the author explores the ways in which light defines the boundary between inside and outside, affects spatial definition, and provides orientation.
  • In "Light Revealing Meaning" Millet considers the conceptual side of light: contemplative light, theatrical light, metaphorical light, symbolic light, and divine light.
Each chapter ends with an in-depth look at one exemplary building that illustrates significant issues discussed in the chapter. Its innovative, up-to-the-minute approach makes Light Revealing Architecture an indispensable tool. It will inspire practicing professionals, stimulate students, and provoke discussions for years to come.

About the Author:

About the Author Marietta S. Millet is an associate professor of Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has lectured widely, has been a visiting professor at several schools, and has also held the Frederick Charles Baker Distinguished Chair in Lighting in the Department of Architecture at the University of Oregon. She is a partner in Loveland/Millet Lighting Consultants. Ms. Millet holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has received numerous awards for her work.

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