Fluorescent Fields: electric lighting and the rationalization of the modern corporate workplace

Petty, Margaret Maile (2010) Fluorescent Fields: electric lighting and the rationalization of the modern corporate workplace. In Colour and Light in Architecture, Verona, Italy, pp. 218-225.

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This study investigates the implications of the introduction of electric lighting systems, building technologies, and theories of worker efficiency on the deep spatial and environmental transformations that occurred within the corporate workplace during the twentieth century. Examining the shift from daylighting strategies to largely artificially lit workplace environments, this paper argues that electric lighting significantly contributed to the architectural rationalization of both office work and the modern office environment. Contesting the historical and critical marginalization of lighting within the discourse of the modern built environment, this study calls for a reassessment of the role of artificial lighting in the development of the modern corporate workplace. Keywords: daylighting, fluorescent lighting, rationalization, workplace design

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Item Type: Conference Paper
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