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Can Lighting be a Tool of Social Discrimination?

A 2016 study at the London School of Economics and Political Science proposes that the way urban spaces are lighted reinforces inequality by providing visual cues to class segregation.

Mona Sloane, LSE researcher and co-founder of Configuring Light, sums it up: “Lighting can label a nocturnal space as ‘private’ or ‘public’, with housing estates often looking disconnected from the urban areas around them, which can give an impression of danger. Improved lighting could help create news ways of living in these spaces, such as allowing and encouraging children to play after dusk.”

An interesting idea. Learn more in the below video.

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