lecture: Claudia Dutson 17.12.2011 – Brussels – 13u

17 december 2010
13:00 – 14:00

This friday 17th of december, 13h00 in the auditorium, Brussels

Claudia Dutson do her research on sustainability, health and well being. She challenges light planning that is done in the abstract and argues that space lighting should be designed based on people’s behaviour rather than using meaningless numbers.  She presented a fascinating table of words which describe varying light levels. Dutson feels that ‘the way we work and live in cities is very artificial’ and she concluded by questioning how we can really bring nature inside.

She started out her career in media in the 1990s when analogue methods of production were rapidly being made redundant by the arrival of digital technology. The emergence of digital content delivery presented opportunities for both media and design. Claudia worked in media consultancy for three years, co-writing reports on the convergence of new technologies and developments in digital media.

As Enron’s collapse reconfigured the new media industry, Claudia had been redirecting her career. She started a degree in Architecture at the University of East London, where the question of digital vs. analogue was further addressed. Her research expanded to challenge other dichotomies in architecture such as culture/nature, theory/practice and the predominance of visual experience over a tactile one, particularly with reference to design processes.

After graduating from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Architecture in 2008, her research has been focused on the physiological and psychological experience of interior environments in architecture. Claudia has recently written Light Volumes, Dark Matters, the result of a two-year research programme at the Helen Hamlyn Centre, supported by the Megaman Charity Trust.

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