UNESCO Year of Light.

In 2015 it was the UNESCO ‘year of light’, with a built environment section focusing on the fact that ‘lighting represents almost 20% of global electricity consumption, the future development of society in both developed countries and emerging economies around the world are intimately tied up with the ability to effectively light our cities, homes, schools and recreation areas’. A balance, however, between light and dark is a constant challenge within our human spaces. Research going back to the late 80’s established the link between light pollution and breast cancer (Professor Stevens, 1987) and more recently, light at night has been linked with increased risk of diabetes, sleep disorders and even obesity. In contrast to this, and in conversation about the role of light and lighting within architecture, Studio 07 took a trip to Lewes to visit their first ever light festival, with installations by Alex May and local Sussex students.