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The Latent Properties of Light

  • Gallery AWA 61 Greenpoint Avenue NY, 11222 United States (map)

Treat Your Building as a Patient - Cliff Yahnke

Course Description: This presentation will describe the role of the environment in Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAI’s). It will specifically focus on the Operating Room and the concerns unique to that setting. Methods for improving environmental hygiene will be reviewed with attention given to a new class of solution whole room disinfection. The use of this solution in the Operating Room will be presented examining the relevant details between the two primary categories (continuous vs. episodic).

Learning Objectives: At the end of this course, participants will:

  1. Identify the types of Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs) and their collective impact upon the US healthcare system.
  2. Explain how infections can be acquired through the built environment.
  3. Describe the range of solutions to improve environmental hygiene which are available to healthcare providers.
  4. List the characteristics of specification-grade light fixtures that can reduce the spread of pathogens within the environment.
  5. Recognize the benefits of continuous environmental disinfection and the areas within a healthcare setting where it is best used.


The Latent Properties of Light- Abhay Wadhwa

Course Description: As we approach 2020, the lighting design and applications field has undergone a sea-change in technology options available to the design professional. Over the past 20 odd years, there has been tremendous rise in the understanding of light as a form of energy with latent properties that impact our health and well-being, besides providing light levels for visual acuity and reading. No longer are we discussing whether the fluorescent lamp flickers or CFL end-of-life problems, or color shifts in MH lamps. We are discussing biophilic design solutions, and usage of light to reduce stress and alleviate mental health issues, while designing with a better understanding of the disruptive harmonics and energy fields created by lighting controls. This course will cover many of the lesser spoken about topics in lighting, and help a design professional to truly harness the power of light.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this course, participants will:

  1. Its not just about Footcandles anymore. Participants will be introduced to the newer terms like Circadian Stimulus,  EMF, and Biophilic Light Responses (BLRs).
  2. Participants will learn to isolate all components of the lighting system, and thereby get a better understanding of sympathetic interplay of components.
  3. Participants will learn how to reduce stress by using wavelengths and frequencies of light.
  4. Participants will also be introduced to Circadian Stimulus (CS) and how we can determine what is good amount of CS at what time.

Presented in association with Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2017

Archtober (ärk’tōbər) is New York City’s Architecture and Design Month, an annual, month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions taking place during the month of October. Archtober presents special tours, lectures, films and exhibitions that focus on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. The festival’s many participating organizations aim to raise awareness of the important role of design in our city and to build a lasting civic and international recognition of the richness of New York’s built environment.