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Title:The Circadian Light Table
Author(s):Laniosz, Aaron
Contributor(s):Zidek, Juliette; Shatzer, Courtney
Abstract:Technological innovation provides us with lives that are happier, healthier, and longer than ever before in human history. Advancements in our lifetime have connected us in ways never before imaginable. Yet, despite its countless benefits, the progress of technology must be viewed critically at every forward step that is taken. We must be mindful of the changes we make to our lives, lest we create a digital world unsuited for our natural bodies and minds. As we spend more time indoors, under artificial lights, interacting with illuminated screens, we lose track of a vital connection with nature. Our circadian rhythm is a biological process that we share with nearly all living organisms. Informed by the rising and setting of the sun and other environmental factors, circadian rhythm regulates not only when we sleep, but our mental processes, emotional stability, and our chemical metabolisms. With increasingly sophisticated LED technology, we can design our environments to restore our natural cycle. With varying light intensity and color temperature, this illuminated table designed and built in Illinois's architecture graduate studio mimics natures rhythm and harmonizes with its users.
Issue Date:2016-04
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Aaron Laniosz
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-04-14

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