Revealing Architecture at night - Saving the lit facade from extinction

Is façade lighting and the lit skyline approaching extinction, what does the future hold?  - Will the modern culture of sustainability result in the end of our lit skyline? Architecture informs and shapes a city’s skyline, Lighting of these buildings shapes a city’s skyline help create an identity and culture in a city – Lighting our buildings is important, how do we save it from extinction.

As responsible global citizens with the power to shape the world around us it is our responsibility to reduce Light pollution, respect impacts on migratory birds, engage in energy conservation and sustainable design, will this pursuit kill the lit building?

Session Details

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Friday, May 26th, 2017: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
1.5 Structured/Core AIA LU
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Session Speaker(s)

Paul Boken, LC

Vice President, Mulvey and Banani Lighting inc.

Paul holds a fine arts degree in theatre production, with a major in lighting design, and a postgraduate certificate in architectural lighting design from Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada. After starting his career with 6 years in theatrical lighting design, Paul is now in his eleventh year of practice in architectural lighting design as the Vice President of the Architectural lighting design firm Mulvey & Banani Lighting in Toronto, ON, Canada. Paul has won numerous awards for lighting design on projects locally and internationally, most recently he was short listed for a DARC award for his work lighting the Prince Edward Viaduct Bridge in Toronto. Paul’s theatre lighting background has acted as a path into his growing specialty in lighting for attractions, bridges, cultural monuments and buildings with projects around the globe. Recently Paul’s team was elected to re-light Niagara Falls to be unveiled in November 2016. Paul is continuously involved with lighting education by sharing his knowledge and approach to design in hopes to inspire industry professionals and students in an effort to contribute to and advance the Lighting Design Profession.

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects have partnered to present the 2017 Festival of Architecture May 24-27, 2017 in Ottawa.

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