School of Architecture College of Design

ARCH 3250: Light Abatement (also Crafting Light)

Light Abatement (also Crafting Light)


Jim Moore

Course Description:
Not since fluorescent lighting was introduced at the World’s Fair in 1939 have architects been ex-posed to a technological advance as potentially transformational to the understanding of artificial illumination as much as solid state lighting. For several years, the advertising and entertainment industries have fl ashed glimpses of these possibilities, yet the more profound architectural implications lie untested. Specifi cally within the reach of Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLED’s) is the complete morphing of surface and light, of material and the operative, dis-solving traditional lighting’s exceptions to the spatial ambitions of modernism.

Advances in semi-conductor fabrication are promising to “print out” sheets of lamps in the manner of newspapers, mitigating the restrictions of form, dimension and modularity. More pragmatic triumphs include the traditional obstacles of heat, ineffi ciency and glare.




Although a majority of the advances in OLED lighting have been driven by more transient industries, the building profession will shortly be poised to appropriate this technology in ways that could forever change the experience of space, form and materiality.

Some manufacturers have ambitiously posited that this technology could limit the existence of the incandescent light bulb. Most promising is the potential for solid state lighting to reduce the ubiquity of over-lighting through more precise, rigorous and user-based lighting.


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