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Natural Light is the Cause of the Effects of Architecture
Authors: Wagih Fawzi Youssef
Year: 2017
Keywords: transparency; stained glass; diffusion; layered space; luminous environment; flexibility
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Throughout history designers have attempted to introduce light in a way that an observer will be conscious of the effect of light while the light source itself is played down in the architectural composition. When light-transmitting (rather than opaque) material are prominently involved in the lighting unit itself, the units become architectural forms and surfaces as well as lighting elements. Such ‘self-luminous’ elements help to visually define a space and are important to the general organization of the room. According to medieval thinkers, light was the source and essence of all visual beauty, and is the principle of order and value. In a Romanesque church light is something distinct from and contrasting with the heavy somber tactile substance of the walls. The gothic wall in contrast seems to be porous, light filters through it. The gradual enlarging of the window openings as such is not the most important manifestation of this process. The sensitizing of the mass in terms of its role as either reflection or obstruction of the light flow radically transforms the dynamics of the relationship and leads to an absolute plastic continuity of the architectonic member to a rigorously logical connection of the elements.

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