Although there are instances where flicker from a light source can be desirable – the flicker of candlelight is one such example and, to be honest, the only one I can think of – for the most part it is annoying and, in some cases, debilitating. Electronic ballasts virtually eliminated the infuriating flicker that was for years the curse of many workplaces, but an old problem has been made new again in the age of LEDs.
Waterfall Wilds is a retail centre in the prestigious Waterfall region, an urban development that aims to become a ‘green city’ and prides itself on contemporary urban design and approved planning principles.
Krynauw Nel, well known for his philosophy of harmonious integration of human and environment, was the architect responsible for the design of the 2900 m2 centre. As one would expect, it is less conventional than the average building in the area and has minimal visual impact on the environment.
Well designed and well maintained urban squares have a positive impact on their local economy, increase social cohesion, offer a safe place for people to meet, and generally improve the environments in which they are situated. They can be excellent marketing tools and, of course, increase the worth of properties in the area. The value of public squares is considerably increased with good illumination, which ensures that their functionality extends well into the night, when people are at ease and looking to enjoy themselves.
Traditional manufacturers at Light + Building 2016 all unveiled systems that offer compatibility: lighting with a professional service – light management, location-based messaging, broadcasting, energy saving. At certain press events one could be forgiven for being confused as to how much some of the topics had to do with lighting, particularly when presentations focused on connectivity, Smart Cities, energy efficiency and the Internet of Things (IoT).
More and more in Lighting in Design we are covering projects where the brief to the architect and lighting designer is for an office environment that encourages conversation, stimulates creative thinking, offers retreat nooks and accommodates digital interaction. Long gone, in most large corporations, are the days where people tread quietly on thick carpets, talked in hushed tones in the corporate boardroom and shifted heaps of paper on their desks to find a clear space; or, in traditionally more creative environments, where creative thought was best arrived at in the local pub. Not that this is a bad thing ...
According to Gavin Tagg, managing director of Retail Network Service, South Africa has the sixth highest number of shopping centres of any country in the world. This translates into a sizeable number of shopping malls, each of which will be doing its best to attract potential visitors. Tagg, who was the guest speaker at a recent breakfast of the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC), said that malls and retailers needed to find ways to be better in the face of greater competition; they needed to add value and offer something unique.