Slater, D. R. (2020) Against human-centred lighting. Lightecture 35. Special issue edited by Mark Major: The Urban Nightscape.

‘Human-centred lighting’ sounds good – we should light for people rather than cars, of course. But a focus on ‘humans’ emphasises what we share. In fact, lighting public space needs to focus on difference, and even on conflicts between users of space. Old and young, men and women, night workers and middle class consumers will likely have very different lighting needs that being ‘human-centred’ will not address.

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