An interview with Mitchell Joachim

Here is an interesting clip from the Colbert Report; an interview with Mitchell Joachim, founder of Archinode Studio.  Stephen discusses with Mitchell about ecological design and his ideas of the future of architecture and transportation.

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  1. HI I’M NOT AN ARCHITECT BUT THIS DEALS WITH ARCHITECTURE.THE QUESTION IS,IS IT WORTHWHILE TO SAVE ON THE COST OF LIGHTING CITIES AT NIGHT,NOT FORGETTING THE POLLUTION FACTOR.MY THOUGHT, AND I DONT BELIEVE I’VE SEEN IT UTILIZED YET, IS TO SHUT OFF ALL THE INTERIOR LIGHTS OF SPACES NOT BEING USED.ONLY LIGHTS ALONG THE PERIMETER,THOSE FACING OUT TO THE STREET WOULD BE USED.I REALIZE THERE WOULD BE A COST TO CHANGE THE CIRCUIT TO ALLOW THIS BUT IT WOULD MORE THAN MAKE UP FOR IN THE LONG RUN.ON CNN IT WAS BROUGHT UP THAT THE LIT LOWER FLOORS HELP WITH PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE CITIES.ALLOW THE BOTTOM 4 OR 5 LEVELS TO HAVE THERE PERIMETERS LIT THEN SHUT OFF EVERY OTHER (OR MORE) FLOOR TILL NEARING THE ROOF WHERE THE UPPER 4 OR 5 LEVELS COULD BE ALLOWED ON TO HELP DETER AIR TRAFFIC.

    • Thank you for your comment and interest in architecture and the built environment. I appreciate your environmental concern regarding the use of electricity and light pollution in cities. I don’t have a solution; and the answer that follows is just my opinion and observation.

      Lighting the city streets at night is and should be the responsibility of the city. Can the city do something to save on cost in lighting itself? I’m sure there are ways the city can do this without sacrificing public safety but it would require more than just changing the circuiting. I also don’ think making the commercial businesses take on the responsibility of lighting the city streets is a viable option.

      I’m from NYC and I can tell you that most retail businesses close between the hours of 7pm to 8pm. There are a few retail businesses that close earlier and later. At night, these retail shops seem to light the streets but they don’t. If you are looking into a retail shop from across the street, the light that seems to emit out onto the street is more of a glowing effect. Kind of like a jack-o-lantern. The lights in the retail shops are aimed towards their merchandise and general lighting for the staff and customers. The lights coming from the retail shops are meant to attract people’s attention at night. Once they close for the day, most of their lights are shut off with the exception of their window displays if they have them. Again, the lighting at the window display are aimed at the merchandise and thus the spread of the beam from each fixture is narrow; not really appropriate for street lighting at night especially if you are driving.

      Office buildings are even less viable. Lighting from offices even on the second floor isn’t going to provide enough lighting at night for the streets – for people or for driving. Most offices turn out their lights at the end of the day. Retail businesses and commercial offices pay electricity bills. The more electricity they use up, the more they pay.

      If your concern is about high level of light usage at night in cities, which has resulted in light pollution and air traffic, then the lifestyles and way of life of urban residents should be modified so that the use of lights at night is at a minimum, like it is in rural areas. I don’t know what is the best way to approach this but asking or making retail stores and commercial offices be responsible for providing street lighting for pedestrians and drivers from their spaces is not a solution that will work.

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