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Lighting and perception: a case study in the lobby of a hotel in Bauru (SP-Brazil)

Grant number: 08/06797-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2008
Effective date (End): October 31, 2009
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Architecture and Urbanism Technology
Principal Investigator:João Roberto Gomes de Faria
Grantee:Fernanda Legatti
Home Institution: Faculdade de Arquitetura, Artes e Comunicação (FAAC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Bauru. Bauru , SP, Brazil


Lighting has great value in Architecture and is becoming more evident in projects. However there is little specific bibliography reference about the lighting role on the perception in the built environment. This research will try to demonstrate how illumination can affect our perception, sensation, and behavior and its importance in the architectural project. Specifically, the goal is to verify how and how much the lighting can interfere on ambient perception. The object of this research will be a lobby of a hotel in Bauru (SP). The choice of this place is because of the good impression that it may cause on the guests' hotel. The method used will be the combination of the answers given by the employees and the guests in a questionnaire with analyses of HDR images composed by photos that will be taken from the position occupied by the interviewed person.