Illuminating thoughts

The NCC recently held an education session on the glories of modern lighting techniques for buildings. Floodlighting is out; highlighting and story-telling is in.

Opposite city hall is a very expensive condo building. Perhaps you’ve noticed it?


The spotlights mounted around the base of the building, just above the dark podium level, shine up. Four or five floors up are a few more uplights. And if you look way way up, says the Friendly Giant, there’s yet another set.

Except one of them shines down. Right into your eyes. The glare at sidewalk level, or from the lawn at city hall, is annoying. The lamps don’t seem to have been screwed on very tightly, and gravity causes them to rotate … ┬áhere’s another one:


I hope the balconies are screwed on tighter.