Architecture Research Forum: “White Light and Black Shadow – The Poetics of Light in Le Corbusier’s Sacred Architecture” Benson Lau, Thursday 7th December, Erskine Room, 5th Floor, 13:00-14:00

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Benson Lau: White Light and Black Shadow – The Poetics of Light in Le Corbusier’s Sacred Architecture

This presentation will disseminate the research outcome of a RIBA Research Trust funded project that explored the interplay of space and light in Le Corbusier’s sacred buildings from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives. Measurable and unmeasurable aspects of these divine luminous environments were investigated through extensive field work, theoretical physical and digital modelling. The findings offer new insights into the unique lighting strategies adopted by Le Corbusier for the creation of sacred luminosity in his religious buildings. A similar research methodology has now been employed for the investigation of light in Louis Kahn’s museums, and preliminary results of this research will also be presented.

Benson Lau is a Reader and Course Leader of the BSc (Hons) Architecture and Environmental Design at the University of Westminster. He has practised as architect and environmental design consultant since 1996, and joined academia in 2005.

The Architecture Research Forum is a seminar series hosted by the Architecture + Cities Research Group where staff present work-in-progress for discussion.

Where: Erskine Room (M/523), Marylebone Campus

When: 7 December 2017, 13.00–14.00


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