Having recently read an online article about changes the COVID-19 pandemic has affected on our nightscapes, we did some research. It appears that images of earth taken at night are revolutionising our ability to measure and understand nearly every dimension of human activity and allow us to get a glimpse into human-earth interactions in close to real time. COVID-19 has exemplified how night-time lights can help understand the impact of shocks on populations, economies and markets.
The need to track and predict outbreaks, as well as understand the impact of COVID-19 on economies, has led to the utilisation of unique sources of data that could help track the spread of the pandemic in close to real time. Satellite observations – including those taken at night – are becoming a primary source of data for tracking the progress of the pandemic and its impact on energy consumption, transportation, social interactions, the functionality of critical infrastructure, tourism, trade emissions, etc. These images provide a compelling and striking picture of the large-scale impact of COVID-19 on earth; from businesses and transportation networks to monitoring the gradual recovery of cities around the world.
In this issue of Lighting in Design we showcase at three noteworthy lighting projects; 24 Central in Sandton which is a stylish complex with something for everyone. Regent Lighting Solutions (RLS) supplied striking architectural lighting solutions to the revamp of its atrium of 24 Central. We also explore a landmark head office and warehouse for Ascendis Medical which was recently completed in Northriding, Johannesburg. Internally, the lighting was designed with the user in mind. Finally, we visit a Canadian home designed by South African architects; While the architectural context might be characterised as somewhat conservative ‘cabin country’, this house attempts to extend the possibilities of the traditional lakeside family retreat.
Elsewhere, Lighting in Design approached manufacturers, suppliers and lighting designers from the industry to get their views on the latest trends in retail lighting, and we also look at a locally made UV-C solution to combat the spread of bacteria.