Sarah Rich

Subway Light Project, Caroline Pham, Sustainable Design Review

Sunlight transport systems are an Inhabitat favorite, as they make it possible to channel actual natural light into dark places and cast it through a fixture. The Subway Light Project is the first we’ve seen that incorporates sunlight transfer in public urban art, to save the city money on energy, and infuse public space with a good mood boost. Parsons student Caroline Pham, who designed the Subway Light Project, won first place in the school’s 2007 Sustainable Design Review. Her concept uses sunlight capture devices and fiber optics cables to channel sunlight into the enclosed corridors of the subway.

“Caroline’s winning conceptual submission is a public art piece that encourages biophilia and, in effect, promotes energy-saving technology while providing sunlight to sun-deprived underground subways…The technology would be used to illuminate windows and sitting areas, which are graphically designed to illustrate elements of natural and urban landscape integration.”

The jury selected several other interesting projects that employ tools for urban sustainability from rainwater harvesting to mobile greenmarket carts to biodiversity mapping. Downloadable PDF booklet here.

+ Parsons Sustainable Design Review

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  1. Eva In NL August 23, 2007 at 3:42 am

    I absoutely love this concept. Art and natural lighting: can’t have a bettter combo than that! I hope to see the sunlight transport systems eventually replacing the use of artificial light – during the daytime at least – in a lot more places. The health/wellbeing advantages are very much under-estimated imho.

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  3. David August 22, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    awesome idea. cant wait till i see it in the subways.

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