Isolation & Darkness: Surviving Winters in Antarctica
9:00 - 10:00 am | Seminar S03
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Martin Valentine, FSLL MIESGlobal Design DirectorLigman Lighting USA

For those that ‘winter’ in Antarctica, psychosis, suicide, and depression have been common issues. So too have been records of circadian sleep disorders. This presentation shows the history and challenges of living in Antarctica, specifically at the British Halley Ice Shelf Research Station. The author designed the lighting for Halley VI and the whole design for this new base was informed by more than 40 years of endocrinological medical data gathered from previous stations. Now, five years since the station became occupied the story and solution for Halley VI has a resonance and provides lessons to all in the field of human-centric lighting.

  • How do you meet the circadian needs of humans in completely artificial environments when they are sharing space with colleagues on different work/relax shift patterns?
  • What are the unique and surprising factors for designing lighting for such an extreme and remote location?
  • What does one do for exterior lighting equipment in such extreme weather conditions?
  • Seeing as the project was designed and specified back in 2006 when LED was in its infancy, what would be done differently today?
Martin Valentine, FSLL MIES
Global Design Director
Ligman Lighting USA

Martin Valentine was appointed LIGMAN Global Design Director at the beginning of 2018 and has worked in the field of specialist lighting design for 30-years. A Masters graduate from London’s Bartlett School of Architecture, he has worked within the client, independent design practice, multidisciplinary consultant and now lighting manufacturer sides.