Light Tour Mis-Guide

When we evaluate the use or importance of spaces at Concordia, it’s usually in a rushed fenzy to find a free desk, an available outlet, or silence to concentrate. By focusing on the different qualities of light available in different areas of Concordia’s downtown campus, we wanted to disrupt traditional ideas of the use of school buildings. Maybe institutional spaces can easily become spaces of meditation, reflection, or accidental art. We encourage students to go through the spaces we’ve found that have interesting light patterns, or whose structures allow for multi-facted interactions with light, whether it’s through layers of glass or reflective surfaces. The mis-guide is accompanied by photo essays, guiding questions, and Vines in an attempt to make it as accessible as possible. Check it out at:

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(NOTE: To access the rest of the information for each post, you unfortunately have to hover over the photo and click on the posted date. The read more button doesn’t work and we haven’t figured out a way to fix it!)

– Fiona & Kamelia


One comment

  1. Review by Rory Warnock and Dan Bevc

    The functioning of the light tour mis-guide offers a fascinating perspective regarding natural light in the design of spaces in Concordia’s Sir George Williams campus. Importantly, by asking participants to consider the way in which light functions within a space and its effects within those chosen spaces, this mis-guide emphasizes a consideration in how constructed areas incorporate natural elements.

    One successful characteristic of this mis-guide is that in its required locations, each incorporates natural light in a distinct way. For example, the greenhouse is a space where light is not only seen, but also felt as the structure converts the energy of light into heat. While the JMSB 6th floor and EV atrium spaces contain similar gigantic windows to simply illuminate the space. This is in contrast to the 11th floor in the EV building, which presents a unique perspective of the skyline of Montreal in daylight. Additionally, the Grey Nuns reading room utilizes natural light to provide a glow that hints towards the religious connotations and history of the space. Each location not only provides interesting light patterns and perspectives as described on this mis-guide’s blog post, but light also provides particular meanings and sensations for the bodies in these areas. Moreover, the tumblr page created by Fiona and Kamelia does is successful in mediating the functioning and processes of the spaces through a collection of photographs and vines.

    Despite the positives of this mis-guide, our group has a few suggestions which might contribute to the structure of this map. Particularly, the map might benefit from incorporating spaces that do not allow for natural light in the space and rely on artificial light fixtures to illuminate the area. Obviously this mis-guide is focused on the effect of natural light penetrating spaces. However, by including areas that block out natural light it could provide for an interesting contrast and comparison between locations that allow natural light into the space and those which do not.

    Great Job, Fiona and Kamelia! Overall it was really enjoyable to take part in this mis-guide.

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