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A perception-based approach by Christopher Cuttle

by Joachim Ritter

Christopher Cuttle is a source of inspiration worldwide whenever he gives a lecture. I can only confirm what many lighting designers claim: it is always worth listening to Christopher Cuttle – time and again. What he relates to his audience is always the equivalent of a further step deeper into the true world of lighting design.

Buch von ChristopherBut Christopher Cuttle is also a researcher and a Senior Lecturer, which makes his work and teachings all the more valuable. Because he has managed to make the human being the focus of the lighting design process and to translate and define human requirements for the right light at the right time into photometric terms and structures. In fact, the title of this book deserves to be complemented by the second component describing the contents, which is: “… and how to realise planning based on facts and figures in practice”. That does not immediately appear to comply with current market opinion, and would probably make it more difficult to communicate the true contents of the book. Or the publisher was of the opinion that this aspect was self-evident and part and parcel of lighting design anyway.

But this is not the case. If there is a book that can achieve this kind of balancing act, it has to be this work by this author. I have every confidence that what Kit Cuttle says is true. The 136 pages contain his philosophy of how to design light, the state of his research, and how perception-oriented planning can be realised in practice in everyday working processes. The work reflects decades of learning and understanding, compiled in a clearly structured handy book.

If you prefer to, or are expected to, develop your designs based on photometric units and can follow the guidelines laid down for modern lighting design more easily if they are expressed in numbers, then this book can provide you with state-of-the-art know-how for quick and easy reading.

The book can be ordered at Routledge, www.routledge.com
Alternatively you can buy at PLDC in Rome at the VIA-Verlag desk.

Also see the book review of Svante Pettersson’s “See the light”

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