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Lighting quality analysis in a hospital's waiting rooms in Bauru (SP-Brazil)

Grant number: 08/06874-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2008
Effective date (End): February 28, 2010
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Architecture and Urbanism Technology
Principal Investigator:João Roberto Gomes de Faria
Grantee:Maria Emilia Soares da Silva
Home Institution: Faculdade de Arquitetura, Artes e Comunicação (FAAC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Bauru. Bauru , SP, Brazil


The techniques of lighting, undertaken to emphasize and act as a link between the indoor and the outdoors, have been given greater attention in the Architecture's field, reaching recently hospital facilities. Always displaying the same pattern, such buildings have been immune to changes for a long period, which was often interpreted as a cold, inhuman and isolated place. The above impressions used to derive from their architectural design and space openings as well as the sensation caused by the internal illumination uniformity, which was produced with white lights along with other pale colors for the purpose of expressing hygiene. The present work concerns a research to be done in a private hospital located in Sao Paulo State and has as its primary objective to analyse the lighting and its influence on people's environmental perception, as well as its relation with the architectural characteristics of the building and, also, with the colors used in loco, which according to studies, give special meaning to rooms and directly influence perception. All the subjective data here presented will be gathered through the researcher's observation and by means of interviews with users and staff, cross-examining such information with HDR image analyses, composed by photos taken on the position where each interview is performed, for the purpose of taking further and more objective conclusions on the quality of space illumination.