Can Designers Combat Light Pollution by Embracing Darkness?
The historian A. Roger Ekirch, elucidates in his book, how nearly every civilization throughout history has associated darkness with evil.
According to him, ” this attitude persists, although the majority of violent crimes are committed during the day, even in cities experiencing historically low crime rates. The natural instinct in combatting antisocial behavior has been to overwhelm it with light—streetlights, headlights, flashlights, floodlights.
As a result, according to a broad consensus, our cities have been consistently over-illuminated, driven by a misguided assumption that when it comes to lighting, more is necessarily better.”