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Light Forms in Urban Environment L&E, Vol. 29, No.  4, 2021

Light & Engineering 29 (4)

Volume 29
Date of publication 08/20/2021
Pages 6–15

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Light Forms in Urban Environment L&E, Vol. 29, No. 4, 2021
Articles authors:
Vladimir E. Karpenko, Nikolay I. Shchepetkov

Vladimir E. Karpenko, Associate Professor, Ph. D. in Architecture. In 1999, he graduated from Far Eastern State Technical University (FESTU). At present, he is the Associate Professor of the department of Architectural and Design of the Polytechnic Institute of FEFU and member of the Union of Architects of Russia

Nikolay I. Shchepetkov, Dr. of Architecture, Professor. At present, he is a head of the Architectural Physics Department of Moscow Architecture Institute, laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation (for architectural lighting of Moscow), Editorial Board Member of the Light & Engineering Journal

The paper proposes a method for generalizing and understanding the achievements of modern lighting design by means of classifying light forms and their main features are specified. The variety of types and complexity of light forms are due to avant-garde experiments in the art of the early and mid 20th century and is consistent with the successive change in artistic styles. Advances in computer technology and programming have made it possible to combine lighting elements, visual, colour and optical effects in one form. The new lighting techniques were developed for illuminating the architectural environment, various buildings, structures and forms in the spaces of world exhibitions. In this paper, the following light forms of the urban environment are investigated: projection mapping, light-graphic, light-painting and installation, sculptural, media surfaces and media facades, structural and vertical, energy-saving and virtual. The classification of light forms makes it possible to identify their structure and image, their correspondence to different eras in art, to predict the possibility of their transformation in the perspective of modern visual creativity.
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